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Silviculture can improve farmers’ incomes

Two new studies reveal the importance of silviculture for increasing farmers’ incomes in Java and East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Planting timber in agricultural systems is a common practice in Indonesia. Farmers often cultivate timber together with other crops...

How to be sustainable: work together

At least one regional research-in-development project in Southeast Asia has found that working together is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Sustainability is a major challenge not only for the planet but also for research-in-development projects...

Viet Nam learning the importance of weather forecasts with agricultural advice

For the first time, farmers, meteorologists and government agricultural planners in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam are working together to provide locally-specific weather forecasts and accompanying agricultural advice in a bid to help farmers adapt more rapidly to changes...

Innovative finance for innovative landscapes

Innovative finance is needed to protect the ecosystem services that Indonesia provides to its people and the planet. Innovative landscape management must match that finance, explained Director-General Tony Simons at a forum in Jakarta   ‘In the past...

Power in balance: encouraging news about gender from Southern Sulawesi

Researchers in Sulawesi, Indonesia are sounding a rare note of optimism in the usually dreary accounting of gender relations: women’s situations aren’t so bad in communities they studied in southern Sulawesi.   According to the researchers, although men...

Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northeastern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...

farmer's nursery, AFLI, Northwest Viet Nam

Participatory, on-farm research in Viet Nam is a challenge!

Participatory, on-farm research has long been acknowledged as an approach with great potential for increasing the adoption of research results for development purposes. However, sometimes there can be unexpected obstacles, including the farmers themselves.   In participatory, on-farm...

Farmer, Thai, tree management, Northwest Viet Nam, Mai Thanh Tu

Farmers in Viet Nam committed to developing agroforestry systems

Despite challenges, farmers in the northwest of Viet Nam are persisting with agroforestry trials to claim the long-term benefits   Spending time taking care of their young agroforestry systems is one of the challenges faced by farmers in...

cocoa, tree, cacao, farmer, planting, Bohol, Philippines

Why aren’t farmers growing more trees?

Researchers in the Philippines found that farmers’ recognition of services provided by trees is an important but insufficient prerequisite for agroforestry adoption. More education is needed.   By Christine Marie D. Habito and Nina Astrid Fenger   Do...

Viet Nam, Vietnam, tea, trees

Farmers and researchers disagree on ‘deliberately’

Researchers have looked at differences between how farmers and research institutions, such as the World Agroforestry Centre, characterise agroforestry systems. They found a gap, which could be limiting opportunities, productivity and food security.   In the course of...

cocoa, agroforestry, Cameroon, extension

How to reduce, and adapt to, climate change at the same time

Researchers now understand the conditions necessary for reducing the rate of climate change and those needed to help humans and ecosystems adapt. Both can be done together, thanks to a new ‘analytical framework’   By Elizabeth Kahurani  ...

coconut agroforestry, Philippines

More vulnerable than most? Farmers know that trees can help

The Philippines is struck each year by an increasing number of typhoons, which are also increasing in intensity. Not only the country’s physical infrastructure is battered but also its food-producing systems. New research for development in the Philippines...

Photographer Elisabeth Simelton, donkeys, Malawi, Botswana

Is rainfall really changing? Farmers’ perceptions, meteorological data and the problem of saying ‘climate change’ in Chichewa and Setswana

For farmers to successfully adapt to changes in rainfall, the roles of farmers’ perceptions and semantic challenges should not be underestimated, say Elisabeth Simelton, Claire Quinn, Nnyaladzi Batisani, Andrew Dougill, Jen Dyer, Evan Fraser, David Mkwambisi, Susannah Sallu...