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New report from the Agroforestry Network: Achieving the Global Goals through Agroforestry

Benta Muga in Kenya is practicing agroforestry on her farm, planting trees together with crops. Photo: Amunga Esuchi. Vi-skogen.

New report from the Agroforestry Network: Achieving the Global Goals through Agroforestry

Agroforestry is a sustainable, proven and efficient land management system, according to the experts behind the report Achieving the Global Goals through Agroforestry, launched on October 1, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

From the press release about the report:

The report is a result of collaboration between the members of the Agroforestry Network which brings together different actors, such as Agroforestry Sverige, Focali, NIRAS, SIANI, SLU Global, SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Vi-skogen (Vi Agroforestry).
 
Despite proven benefits, agroforestry is still not receiving the attention it deserves and investments in agroforestry are insufficient. The new report from the Agroforestry Network, builds on an extensive literature review of 1,000 scientific publications and other reports about practical agroforestry projects.
 
The report presents environmental, social and economic benefits of agroforestry at the farmer, community and landscape levels. The authors of the report paid special attention to the benefits of agroforestry to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and biodiversity.
 
The report presents evidence of how agroforestry can contribute to implementation of nine out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Agroforestry has the strongest impact potential on poverty reduction (SDG 1) and hunger alleviation (SDG 2), as well as on climate action (SDG 13) and sustainable life on land (SDG 15). In addition, the report shows that agroforestry can contribute to other goals relating to increased gender equality, better health, increased access to clean water, sustainable energy solutions and responsible agricultural production.
 
“We have less than 12 years to reach the global goals. We need to use the solutions in order to contribute to multiple goals at the same time and maximize the benefit for all individuals, especially those living in poverty. Agroforestry is one of these solutions. However, agroforestry is still not implemented extensively enough, and is rarely emphasized in States’ action plans, strategies and budgets - including in Sweden. The world cannot afford to not make this a priority”,
says Maria Schultz, head of the international department, Vi-skogen.
 
Access the full report and the shorter brief here.
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