Agroforestry Congress: stormy future for food security

Agroforestry Congress: stormy future for food security

Threatening clouds are gathering but there is still light

Philippine's First International Agroforestry Congress

Philippine's First International Agroforestry Congress

Trees are being returned to landscapes in the Philippines

Reaffirming local knowledge in the land-use planning for low-emission development in Papua

Reaffirming local knowledge in the land-use planning for low-emission development in Papua

Reaffirming local knowledge in the land-use planning for low-emission development in Papua

Climate-smart agriculture is making a difference

Climate-smart agriculture is making a difference

A new booklet provides evidence of how climate-smart agriculture – including agroforestry - is benefiting farmers and helping with adaptation and mitigation

(VIDEOS) The Landscape Approach: What are ICRAF scientists saying?

(VIDEOS) The Landscape Approach: What are ICRAF scientists saying?

At the World Agroforestry Centre’s annual science week, held in September 2013, several centre scientists presented their views about the landscapes approach. Watch the video’s here:

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New Mitigation Lab launched in Nairobi

A new laboratory facility launched under the Climate Change Unit at ICRAF’s headquarters in Nairobi will allow scientists to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from a range of ecosystems – from forests to crop and dairy farming. The Mitigation Lab, recently launched by the World Agroforestry Centre’s Board of Trustees and funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will help researchers pinpoint emissions hotspots – areas or practices that release substantially greater amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.

Research technician Margaret Thiongo demonstrates manual greenhouse gas emissions sampling to ICRAF Board of Trustees members

Research Technician Margaret Thiongo demonstrates manual greenhouse gas sampling techniques to ICRAF's Board of Trustees at the official lab launch

The data generated by the lab will help to compare greenhouse gas emissions between landscapes on which agroforestry and other climate-smart agriculture practices have been adopted and those landscapes on which they have not. This will help provide evidence that farmers who adopt improved practices are contributing to climate change mitigation by reducing their carbon footprint while at the same time increasing their production.

The lab boasts two gas chromatographs, both of which have automated samplers that can load and analyze 120 greenhouse gas samples in an eight hour day, greatly increasing the rate and efficiency of analysis.

Read more about the lab’s current work via the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems Project (SAMPLES) and the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Programme (MICCA), FAO.

Latest Publications

Mbow, C.
2014 Biogeoscience: Africa’s greenhouse-gas budget is in the red Nature 508: 192–193
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Dawson, I.K. et al. 2014 Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa: issues and options. ICRAF Working Paper no. 178 Nairobi: World Agroforestery Centre (ICRAF), 29p
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Ofori, D.A. Gyau, A. Dawson, I.K. Asaah, E. Tchoundjeu, Z. Jamnadass, R.
2014 Developing more productive African agroforestry systems and improving food and nutritional security through tree domestication Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 6:123-127
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