Nicaragua is making progress. Although it is among the poorest countries in Latin America by GDP, its economy has grown by 4% a year for a decade. It is also ranked the sixth-safest country on the sub-continent.
Farmers in the dry eastern islands of Indonesia are enjoying the fruits of a project that set out to improve their livelihoods. Tony Bartlett of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research reports on the successes so far.
"...The Centre [World Agroforestry Centre] helps smallholder farmers increase use of trees on their land in order to improve food security, nutrition, income, health, and environmental sustainability..."
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre. ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru. ICRAF generates science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits - both direct and indirect - of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and agricultural landscapes, and disseminates this knowledge to develop policy options and promote practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.