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Why are Vietnamese farmers not planting trees amid annual crops?


In Ho Ho sub-watershed in north-central Viet Nam, farmers do not deploy systems that mix trees and annual crops, except in their home gardens. In the eyes of the farmers, it is not possible to cultivate different plants together outside of a home garden. Certainly, they say, trees cannot be planted between annual crops. These […] Continue Reading

10 priorities for making African smallholder farming work under climate change


With just over two months left till a new international climate change agreement is being finalised in Paris, the Montpellier Panel is launching a new report today, “The Farms of Change: African Smallholders Responding to an Uncertain Climate Future”, which addresses some of the key challenges to climate-proof Africa’s smallholder farmers. As we all know, […] Continue Reading

Why African agriculture should be a hot topic for investment

Water Projects, Lesotho.
Advance Infrastructure of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Programme included bridges (two) and a tarred access road of 32km road to the site from Maseru. Also power supply, water and sanitation, telecommunications, construction camp and permanent operational facilities. Bridge 1 over the Phuthiatsana River at Ha-Makhoathi. There is also small scale agriculture next to the river some of which is irrigated, Lesotho farmers however rely more on rainfall than irrigation.

Photograph : John Hogg

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to transforming Africa from a continent of poverty to prosperity. Africa’s attractiveness for investors has been on the rise, second only to Asia. Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire are among 22 economies in sub-Saharan Africa that are expected to grow by more than five […] Continue Reading

Africa’s agriculture needs young blood


Modernising Africa’s agriculture sector to attract young people will help tackle youth unemployment and food insecurity, a report has suggested. The findings were outlined in the 2015 African Agriculture Status Report. Despite the dominance of agriculture in many economies, outdated land-tenure systems and poor access to finance deter new entrants to farming, it said. The […] Continue Reading

The global forestry challenge


‘Around 20–25% of global land is degraded, affecting 1.5 billion people’, said Ermias Betemariam, land-health scientist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), speaking at a session on land restoration at ICRAF’s annual Science Week in Bogor, Indonesia, on 14 September 2015. ‘The world has been set many challenges to try and turn this around and […] Continue Reading