Agroforestry systems supply benefits to Lao farmers

Plantations International News Female teak wood raiser as well as family at Restriction Densavang.By Tony Bartlett(ACIAR). Originally published by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Study. For the previous eight years, ACIAR has actually been carrying out research right into the development of teak-basedagroforestry systems in northern Laos. While agroforestry research study is inherently a long term recommendation, it is ending up being noticeable that this ACIAR research in Laos is currently creating advantages for farmers and also that current brand-new study on the incorporation of broom lawn right into the agroforestry system has terrific potential to improve the outcomes for [...]

Farmers on the frontline: Adjustment and improvement in Ethiopia’s basins

Plantations International News 2 ladies in Sidama Zone, Ethiopia. Alan NicolBy Alan Nicol(IWMI). Initially published on the World Financial institution's Governance for Development. Selilah gazes out over a landscape she has dwelled for 70 years. In the valley here, deep gullies mark the inclines where rains have brought away the soil. Dealing with three of her four children, she is battling making ends meet in this component of Sidama Area, Ethiopia, where, she claims, there utilized to be a forest much more than 40 years ago.Now most trees have been felled as well as water is scarce. Selilah spends 2 hrs [...]

Stories from the area: Can video footage of smallholder farmers in East Africa have an effect at the policy level?

Plantations International News Man delivering fire wood along the 50km road to Lilongwe, Malawi. IFPRI/ Mitchell Maher.By Milo Mitchell. Originally released by the International Food Plan Research Institute.In February, I joined San Francisco-based digital photographer Mitchell Maher on a trip to Tanzania and Malawi. Both people journeyed out with each other to make films and collect photos for some continuous tasks IFPRI is entailed with in the region.In Tanzania, wesigned up with IFPRI elderly research other Ephraim Nkonya as well as his German collaborators, on the enormous Trans-SEC project. This job covers a handful of towns throughout Tanzania, as well as [...]

A Year in the Lives of Smallholder Farmers

Plantations International Information Veronica, a farmer in Tanzania, with her maize plant. © Hailey Tucker, 2015 CGAP Photo ContestInitially released at The World Bank.Place yourself for a minute in the footwears of a small farmer in rural Mozambique. Two weeks prior to produce, a large flood wipes out your entire maize crop. You had been counting on this produce for the majority of your yearly income as well as much of your food. Exactly what would certainly you do? Just how would certainly you cope?When Alina, a lady in northern Mozambique, shed every one of her chicks and even the majority [...]

Oakland Biofuels looks to help farmers by producing cellulosic ethanol from bracken

Plantations International News Oakland Biofuels is looking to launch a new cellulosic ethanol production technology in Mid-Wales, UK, using bracken as a feedstock. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to use the new technology in conjunction with bracken. Jeremy Oakley, director of Oakland Biofuels, says the company has been looking for alternative uses for bracken already for some years, with the main focus being on renewable energy. ‘Bracken has been the scourge of most hill and upland farmers for many years and is rapidly becoming out of control as its growing area increases year on year [...]