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Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

Planting trees on a stony hill: a story with pictures

Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results   The illustrated story book, Menanam pohon di bukit batu (Planting trees on a stony hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of...

Options for trees on farms in Kalimantan, Indonesia

  Researchers are exploring existing systems that mix trees with rice, oil palm and other species on both mineral and peat soils so as to understand how farmers can increase biodiversity Growing more trees on agricultural land can...

Empowering farmers, sustaining changes

  Farmers on Sumba Island struggle through a nine-month dry season on degraded land. But they are committed to learning how to restore their island to its once verdant and productive state.  Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara...

Women in Kenya improve their families’ food security through simple land-restoration technology

Despite challenges from both the land and society, women in Kenya are taking control of their farms, with impressive results. Following a previous article on the topic, we delve deeper into a farming technique that is alleviating food...

Lack of knowledge may impede economic potential

Farmers in Java and Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia lack information on teak cultivation and non-timber forest products, leaving them with inadequate skills to improve their livelihoods.   Aside from irrigated rice, horticulture and plantation crops, both timber and non-timber forest...

The significance of planted teak for smallholders

  Teak is one of the most sought-after hardwoods in the world. A substantial amount is grown by smallholders in Latin America, Africa and Asia, who need help to improve production.   James M. Roshetko and Aulia Perdana of...

Buol Government in Indonesia begins its own farmers’ learning groups

The success of the Smart Tree-Invest project’s farmers’ learning groups caught the eye of Indonesia’s Buol District Agricultural Office. They have now begun to fund and replicate the approach themselves.   By Dienda CP Hendrawan   In early...

Why pay for a weather forecast if it’s free online?

Did you check the weather forecast for today? Did you do it on your phone? In Viet Nam, over 95% of farmers in Dien Bien and Ha Tinh provinces watch weather forecasts on TV. However, these forecasts are...

From Sumba to Sulawesi: farmers learn from success

Ever wondered what farmers get out of talking with other farmers? Two projects in eastern Indonesia have brought farmers together to learn and inspire.   A group of farmers from the dry island of Sumba, Indonesia visited neighbouring...

Coffee-based agroforestry: a new way to increase farmers’ income in Hulu Lambuya Forest in Southeast Sulawesi

Farmers in Indonesia are learning how to grow coffee to improve their livelihoods and ensure their household needs. By Hendra Gunawan and Endri Martini A few years ago, a mixed orchard based on coffee trees was hard to...

Tree nurseries increase availability of quality seedlings

In growing numbers, smallholders in Gorontalo, Indonesia manage tree nurseries as an alternative income source. The World Agroforestry Centre through the AgFor Sulawesi project is sharing new knowledge and experience for the benefit of farmers. Tree nurseries are...

From knowing to reaping benefits from trees in the Philippines

Capacity-building programs are recommended for enhancing farmers’ awareness of the ecosystem services trees provide in the Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Philippines. A heightened awareness would then influence the farmers to integrate trees in their farms.   A team of researchers...

The green alliance that is restoring a national park

In Sukabumi in Indonesia an environmental organization has partnered with a private company, communities and a national park to restore the park’s barren areas.   By Enggar Paramita   When the Indonesian state forestry enterprise Perum Perhutani delineated...

Agroforestry farmers’ field schools spread the word effectively

A series of field schools in Sulawesi, Indonesia are helping share advanced knowledge about agroforestry throughout the island   By Enggar Paramita   After being implemented for two years in South and Southeast Sulawesi provinces in Indonesia, a...