It is a bright hot sunny day and Moses Shonga is taking a walk in his maize field singing. He looks around at the beautiful scenery of evergreen fertilizer trees on his four-acre land and is happy with the progress. “The soils in this region lost their fertility decades ago. However, planting
Farmers, especially the smallholder producers, are increasingly at the receiving end of the climate change effects, which result not only in fluctuating and unstable crop productivity, but also in the decline, deterioration and / or loss of natural resources, and consequently in farmers’ livelihoods. Though it is difficult to stop the climate from changing, a lot can be done to mitigate its magnitude and effects and for devising adaptation mechanisms.
On 7 November 2014, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, visited the Geregera Watershed in Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here he learned about a new ICRAF project, supported by Irish Aid
•Land productivity is key to feed the world - grasslands as “protein pools” •Land degradation remains a global challenge and reducing/reversing land degradation is a development/research priority •Soil comes to the global agenda: sustainable intensification
World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability...read more