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.

The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

  An international workshop has called for an integrated plan to regreen the region.   The climax of the international workshop held late November 2018 in Tamale, the capital of Ghana’s Northern Region, was when the nearly 60...

World Agroforestry Centre celebrates ten years of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

  Scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre deposited accessions of 12 tree species to mark the Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s tenth anniversary. The 318 accessions of the tree species were presented at a ceremony to mark the tenth...

Success in thirsty Sumba a challenge for researchers

Dryland tropical agroforestry is a little-researched area that is likely to be increasingly in demand as climate patterns change. Researchers on the island of Sumba in Indonesia are working hard and fast to meet the challenges.   Sumba’s...

Smallholders’ trees grow green markets

Smallholders’ agroforests can supply products for ‘green’ markets and help improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, say Roger Leakey and Patrick van Damme     By Robert Finlayson   Across the planet, particularly in developed countries, there is an increasing...

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What do farmers really know about climate change?

A new study from the Philippines shows that the coping strategies of farmers are mostly reactive and many tend to do nothing during climate events like La Niña, El Niño, seasonal variations and typhoons. Scientists need to communicate...