Could climate change spell trouble for Kenya’s largest river?

2 December, 2014 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation climate blog.  Ahead of the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, it helps to remember exactly why landscapes are important. They give us the bigger picture, to connect the dots between the many people who use an ecosystem and what for. It’s that bigger picture which helps put climate change into perspective. InRead More …

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Costing the earth: who’s responsible?

17 November, 2014 by (comments)

Wielding a hammer, John Kabola steps back and surveys his day’s work. The quarry cut into the hills of Kenya’s Upper Tana watershed reveals deep layers of earth like a sliced cake. Quarry stones are in demand – the construction industry is thriving. That’s good news for Kabola, who has risen to quarry operator, investing his income in aRead More …

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Clues to improving farm productivity one agronomic survey at a time

10 November, 2014 by (comments)

Another step forward in addressing the yield gap What are the low hanging fruit in reducing yield gaps and enhancing food security? Well it may not be fruit, per se, but basic techniques farmers can practice. A new CIAT-led publication presents an agronomic survey methodology which does just that – it presents a basket of options for boosting farmRead More …

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Mitigating climate change – every little bit helps

25 June, 2014 by (comments)

If only we could put a little bit of extra carbon into our soils – that could save the planet from overheating, or so the theory goes. After all, of all the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are causing global temperatures to rise, and thus climate change, carbon dioxide (CO2) is by far the most important. Put carbonRead More …

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Time to break free from the ‘yield gap trap’

19 May, 2014 by (comments)

When we see a gap, be it physically in front of us or figuratively speaking, we are compelled to find a way to mind it, to fill it, to close it. When we talk about the yield gap – the difference between actual crop yields and those potentially attainable in a given region – in the agricultural research andRead More …

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Forests Asia Summit 2014: Join the debate

2 May, 2014 by (comments)

The two-day Forests Asia Summit opens on Monday next week, 5th May  in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a keynote speech delivered by Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With more than 2,000 people registered to attend, the event looks set to be the biggest debate in years on the future of Southeast Asia’s forests and landscapes. Southeast Asia has become the world’sRead More …


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Putting nitrogen to work for smallholder farmers

19 November, 2013 by (comments)

Many soils across Africa are starved of nitrogen, making it difficult for smallholder farmers to produce the yields needed to feed growing populations. For many, the cost and accessibility, or lack thereof, puts nitrogen fertiliser beyond their reach. But what if they could harness free nitrogen from the atmosphere? They can – by growing legumes, which ‘fix’ nitrogen intoRead More …

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