The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the government of Zambia have refreshed their commitment to work together in the future, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits them to at least another five years of partnership.
ICRAF and the Zambian government have been actively collaborating for more than 20 years, with most of their collaborations being focused on the Zambezi Basin Agroforestry Project, which wrapped up in 2007.
The new MoU, which took effect on 27 October, is intended to facilitate ICRAF’s working presence in the country, including by allowing the free movement of ICRAF staff; exempting ICRAF’s imports from customs duties; and allowing for the unrestricted import of germplasm for ICRAF projects, consistent with national inspection regulations.
“The Government of Zambia is desirous to increase the production of food crops, raising the economic well-being of smallholder farmers, sustaining agricultural productivity, and building resilience to climate change,” the MoU said.
“Both the government of Zambia and ICRAF are seeking to find sustainable solutions to land and soil management, to understand the effects of climate change, and to support Zambian farmers and institutions to take up measures to mitigate and adapt to [climate change] through tree-based agroforestry production systems.”