Talk shows and text messages in Kenya’s Rift Valley

This story is the second in a three-part series. Read part one, Barking up the same tree in Kenya’s Rift Valley. “How can we prevent our rivers from drying?” “Why have we been restricted from sand harvesting from the rivers?” “How can I join my community forest association?” “I’m a herbalist. Can you support me…

Tree love this Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Forests News asked staff at Center for International Forestry Research Center (CIFOR) about their true love. Here’s what they had to say: Robert Nasi, Director-General of CIFOR My one tree love is the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) – A giant that grows upside down, stores water when there is none, whose fruits and…

Palm oil: Smallholder expansion into peatlands on the rise

The popular narrative about palm oil in Borneo is a David-and-Goliath story. Deforestation and peatland conversion is largely driven by big business growing oil palm in industrial plantations and exporting to overseas markets, the story goes – while smallholders generally convert tiny patches of existing cropland and produce comparatively few negative environmental impacts. Media articles…

L’intensification agricole a nourri le monde, mais sommes-nous pour autant en meilleure santé ?

Produire plus de nourriture sur moins de terres ? L’intensification agricole est en elle-même plutôt séduisante. Notre planète porte une population toujours plus nombreuse à nourrir, et les nouvelles possibilités de terres à cultiver sont rares, sauf à mettre sa biodiversité déclinante encore plus en péril. Mais entre un apport suffisant en calories et un régime…

Is our global food system broken?

Q: What is the EAT-Lancet report? JI: The EAT-Lancet report is a very recently published document, which has a couple of really important messages relating to our diets. Essentially it’s saying we need to have a much more healthy diet which is more environmentally benign. It is packed with information, data, ideas and recommendations.  …

Intensifikasi pertanian berhasil memasok pangan dunia, tapi apakah kita lebih sehat?

Panen lebih besar pada lahan kecil? Soal ini, intensifikasi pertanian memiliki daya tarik intuitif. Bumi harus memberi makan pada manusia yang terus bertambah, dan hanya sedikit tempat baru untuk budi daya tanpa merusak keragaman hayati. Namun, terdapat perbedaan besar antara kecukupan kalori dan konsumsi sehat. Banyak sekali mikronutrisi yang perlu kita konsumsi agar tetap sehat,…