Renz Celeridad

Renz Celeridad is a Junior Communications Specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Philippines and a communication consultant to the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. His work includes communicating research and other activities of ICRAF and the CGIAR research program to their target stakeholders. His interests are primarily on researching and writing about people, media, society and culture. Renz holds a bachelor’s degree in development communication from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Philippines to access the Green Climate Fund

The Philippines is preparing a proposal to access the Green Climate Fund, a billion-dollar platform that bankrolls low-emission and climate-resilient programs in developing countries. “Ambition enables finance,” said Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and...

Overcoming hurdles: agroforestry as a means to reaching national climate targets in Africa

A side event at the on-going UN climate talks discussed challenges that African countries face in implementing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and suggested viable low-carbon pathways to overcome these hurdles. Nearly 150 countries worldwide have outlined...

Using science to support the development of climate-smart agriculture in East Africa

The connection between food security and climate change cannot be understated. Governments, development organizations and scientists are teaming up to search for solutions to address this challenge. In the process, the concept of climate-smart agriculture has emerged as...

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Oil palm on mineral soil in Indonesia is not changing soil carbon

The amount of carbon stored in mineral soil doesn’t change whether the land has been formerly forested or not, say scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre Indonesia   About 15% of the oil palm grown in Indonesia is...

Training on improved cook-stove construction for rural women in India

Approximately half of those living in developing countries rely on traditional biomass for cooking. According to IEA, the International Energy Agency, around 815 million people in India use inefficient and polluting means for cooking (IEA 2014). This contributes...

Mitigation and adaptation go hand in hand

Parties attending the 20th UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Peru (Lima COP 20) have been asked to think about climate change mitigation and adaptation together. At a COP 20 side event organised by the World...

Replacing industrial fertilizers with legume trees: beans for thought?

Co-written by Todd Rosenstock and Kate Tully. Supplementing soils in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with nitrogen (N), an essential plant nutrient, through inorganic or organic fertilizers is essential for maintaining and increasing crop production, which is directly linked to...

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Agroforests are reducing carbon losses from Jambi, Indonesia

Land-cover change is accelerating, while carbon loss is decelerating in Jambi Province, Sumatra. This is according to a paper published in Regional Environmental Change by Grace Villamor, Robert Ponstius and Meine van Noordwijk, which also states that this...

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Indonesia set to reduce emissions from landscapes not just forests

International plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation have proven difficult to implement in Indonesia. Nationally appropriate mitigation actions look like being the way to go, say Meine van Noordwijk, Fahmuddin Agus, Sonya Dewi, Herry Purnomo, Betha...

Bad news for international bio-energy regulators

A team of scientists has found that bio-energy crops such as oil palm can ‘swing’ the balance of their greenhouse-gas emissions depending on how the crop is managed. International regulators concerned with reducing emissions will have to look to the...