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.

Sharing innovations in climate-smart agriculture

  Representatives from Indonesia, Philippines and Viet Nam met to share innovations developed during the Climate-Smart, Tree-based, Co-investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia project ‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development...

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...

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...

Indonesian district government funds replication of ICRAF approaches

The Government of Buol District, Indonesia, has committed to replicate three activities of the Smart Tree-Invest project run by ICRAF with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The activities include farmers’ learning groups that run under...

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...

Another local government decides to support agroforestry

The government of Buol District in Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia has committed to working closely with the World Agroforestry Centre to support the district’s agricultural development program.   Amiruddin Rauf, the head of Buol District, recently declared his...

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...

Increasing farmers’ resilience in Central Viet Nam through agroforestry

‘What an innovative approach!’ said Mr Le Minh Loan, a farmer in Quang Binh Province, Central Viet Nam of the agroforestry systems integrating pomelo with peanut introduced in their commune. By Doan Thi Luyen, Dam Viet Bac 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...

More sustainable and climate-smart farms with agroforestry

Farmer leaders and technicians from the agriculture office in the municipality of Lantapan, Philippines are learning about sustainable, tree-based farming that can help them adapt to climate change.   A group of 37 farmer leaders and agricultural technicians...

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...

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Viet Nam governments invest in Smart Trees

Local government agencies in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces are fully supportive of more trees on farms to help farmers adapt to climate change   On 11–14 March 2015, the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia visited...

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Videos and photos used as research tools in Indonesia

Farmers and village leaders have been interviewed on video and their landscapes photographed to collect baseline data for a new research project   Sixteen farmers and eight village administration representatives from Buol district, Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia, talked...