World Congress on Agroforestry kicks off today

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                                                                                                                                                                      World Congress on Agroforestry kicks off today
 
                                                                                                                                                                 Strengthening links between science, society and policy
 
Monday 20 May 2019, Montpellier, France– The Fourth World Congress on Agroforestry opens today. World Agroforestry and more than 1200 agroforesters, researchers, decision-makers, students, business leaders and NGO leaders from over 100 countries are gathered for the largest global congress in Agroforestry. 

For three days, participants will discuss, debate and share best practices around the vital role agroforestry plays in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including food and nutrition security, climate change, land degradation, livelihoods, sustainable management of forests and access to energy.

The Congress provides a rare opportunity to engage with the scientific community, acquire new ideas to enhance research capacity, forge new partnerships and disseminate scientific innovations, all in an effort to bridge the science-policy gap. 

‘For the last 40 years, World Agroforestry has invested immeasurableresources inagroforestry research in Africa, Asia and Latin America,’ said Tony Simons, director general of ICRAF.

‘Our scientists have produced knowledge that enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utlize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at scales.’

ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change.

The International Union of Agroforestry will be launched at a side event of the congress. The union is a network of independent entities sharing a common mission and similar purposes and objectives in agroforestry. They have come together to develop a common set of values, principles, policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to advance agroforestry globally. 

‘This is the first global association devoted to the cause of agroforestry,’ said Ravi Prabhu, deputy director general for research at World Agroforestry. ‘Agroforesters from around the world will join forces in the union, take on the responsibility for future World Congress on Agroforestry and inspire and support each other as they seek to develop agroforestry policies, support mechanisms, and to advance agroforestry-related research and education.’
 
Started by World Agroforestry, previous congresses were held in 2014 in India with the theme Trees for Life: Accelerating the Impacts of Agroforestry; in 2009 in Kenya with the theme Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use; and in 2004 in the United States of America with the theme Working together for Sustainable Land Use Systems.

The fourth World Congress on Agroforestry is organized by CIRAD – the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, INRA –  the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, World Agroforestry, Agropolis International and the Montpellier University of Excellence.

See ICRAF’s events and sessions at the World Congress on Agroforestry here.

Media enquiries: Jeanne Finestone, Head of Communications and Partnerships: j.finestone@cgiar.org; +254 711 946 327
 
About World Agroforestry
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.

ICRAF is the only institution that does globally significant agroforestry research in and for all of the developing tropics. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at scales.

We are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change.