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World Congress on Agroforestry 2019 Livestream

Join World Agroforestry and more than 1,200 agroforesters, researchers, decision-makers, students, business leaders and NGO leaders and farmers from over 100 countries for the largest Congress dedicated to agroforestry. Over 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 World Congress on Agroforestry 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.

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.

More than 60 scientists from World Agroforestry will present findings from our science and development work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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