Joan Baxter

Joan Baxter is a communications specialist, journalist and award-winning author, with many years of experience in development and environmental research and writing in Africa and elsewhere.

Of Trees and Banks

by Catherine Ky-Dembele and Ake Mamo In the drylands of Mali, adoption of tree based food banks is creating big impressions in farmers’ lives. When we think of food security, it is specters of food shortage and bags...

Beyond eucalyptus woodlots: what’s on the agroforestry menu for communities around Virunga?

The technical guide is an essential tool for extension efforts promoting rural development and the protection of the environment or land, who are interested in promoting agroforestry in North Kivu province. The technical manual (in French the Guide technique d’agroforesterie pour la selection et la gestion des arbres au Nord-Kivu) helps people to select and manage trees in the area around the Park.

Dr Prasit Wangpakapattanawong (l) and Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong

Vice-president of Chiang Mai University calls for integrated research in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

There are manifold problems facing the hundreds of millions of people who rely on the Mekong River and its watersheds. Dealing with the problems starts with coordinated research   Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong, the vice-president for research...

ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

Jeldu Landscape, Ethiopia

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

One small change of words is a giant leap in the effectiveness of agricultural research and development. The race is on to find sustainable ways of producing enough food to feed the world over the next three to...

Unpacking the evidence on firewood and charcoal in Africa

Woodfuel meets around a tenth of the world’s energy demand, with its users overwhelmingly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, nine out of ten people—around 760  million individuals—rely on firewood and charcoal as their primary source of energy for...

Safeguarding people’s rights through land-use planning

 The rights of local and indigenous people have often been overlooked in governments’ land-use planning. It’s time for that to change, say Sébastien de Royer, Gamma Galudra and Ujjwal Pradhan   Once the world was forest and humans...

New global accounting standards will ‘make ecosystems count’

International accounting standards for ecosystem services are being developed, allowing environmental costs to be included in economic data and policy, says Leony Aurora     The United Nations Statistics Division has drafted the Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, which highlight...