A pick and a spade may triple farmers’ yields in the Kenyan drylands

A simple farming technique is proving effective in staving off food shortages in Kenya The female farmers of Makueni County in southeastern Kenya rarely expect to triumph over their parched, unpropitious soils. A pick, a spade and a...

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...

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...

Government asks International Fund for Agricultural Development to continue support for agroforestry

The District Government of Buol in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia wants continued international support for a project led by the World Agroforestry Centre that helps with sustainable agricultural development based on agroforestry   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of...

Business-case training workshop jump-starts co-investment in Philippine watershed

Farmers and members of the Payments for Ecosystems Services Working Group of Lantapan sub-watersheds are learning how to develop business cases for co-investment in agroforestry.   Most markets in the world don’t really trade in ‘watershed protection’ and...

Farmers and funders need to open their eyes to the benefits of integrated landscapes

Focussing only on the commercial value of crops leaves farmers and funders poorer. The services provided by integrated agro-ecosystems offer greater benefits to all.   ‘The first challenge is to make smallholders aware that they can contribute to...

Stronger collaboration for co-investment in ecosystem services

Management of watersheds needs coordinated efforts by local government, farmers and businesses. In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, a working group has been established to ensure that ecosystem services are maintained for all.   Watershed management is a complex process...

Agricultural development set to benefit from a diet of CaSAVA

ICRAF’s Capacity-strengthening Approach to Vulnerability Assessment looks attractive to two projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   By Kharmina Anit At the Second Quarterly Meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the...

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines   By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola   Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...