Agroforestry Network is a platform for international agroforestry practise, based in Sweden and initiated by Vi Agroforestry to promote the use of agroforestry in developing countries.

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Ingrid Öborn

Ingrid Öborn is a Senior Research Fellow of World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and Professor of Agricultural Cropping System at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden. She has a PhD in Soil Science and a MSc in Agriculture and has experience of agroforestry research, policy and practice in east Africa and southeast Asia. Ingrid has been the regional coordinator of ICRAF in Southeast Asia, based in Bogor Indonesia during 3 years (2016-2018) and prior to that she was based at ICRAF’s headquarters in Nairobi 3.5 years (2012-2015). Her research interest includes sustainable diversification and intensification of farming systems multi-functionality of agricultural landscapes and ecosystem services, the interface between agriculture and forestry, nutrient cycling on farms and in the food system. At present she is involved in research on the potential of multi-purpose legumes in mixed crop-livestock farming systems in Kenya, DRC and Ethiopia, climate-smart agricultural practices in Zimbabwe, market-based agroforestry on sloping land in Vietnam, and options for lowland agriculture in Indonesia. Ingrid is member of the steering committees of SIANI and AgriFoSe2030 and a member of Focali and Triple L.

Institutions: World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Contact: i.oborn@cgiar.org; ingrid.oborn@slu.se

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Eskil Mattsson

Eskil Mattsson is a researcher and a Focali member that holds a PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Gothenburg. His research interests include carbon dynamics in agroforestry and forest ecosystems, land-use change, climate policies and ecosystem services. He has recently been part of the Sida funded AgriFoSe2030 programme where he has investigated the role of food security in Sri Lankan homegardens. Besides his research focus on forests and multifunctional land use systems, Eskil has been active in research-policy dialogues and published a number of policy briefs related to agroforestry.

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Aida Bargués Tobella

Aida Bargués Tobella is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). She received her PhD in the field of Soil Science from the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU. In her PhD project, entitled ‘The importance of tree cover for water resources in semiarid West Africa’, she investigated the conditions under which increased tree cover can lead to both higher carbon storage and better adaptive capacity to climate change, particularly through enhanced groundwater recharge. Aida’s main research interest is on the use of trees to restore degraded lands through soil rehabilitation, with a focus on dryland sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in how changes in tree cover and land use in drylands affect the water cycle, and how trees can improve water availability in such water-limited environments. Aida is currently working on her Formas funded project ‘From trade-off to synergy: reevaluating how tree cover affects water resources in tropical African drylands’.

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Karin Höök

Karin Höök works as senior consultant and expert in agriculture and environment at NIRAS. Her background is as director for the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences where she also worked as researcher and lecturer. She has worked as Academy Agronomist at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and she has been Head of the International Department at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation as well as senior expert for global agriculture and food security, working with NGOs and farmers organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Among other things she has also been a board member of the Swedish Food Administration, SwedWatch and SIANI, member of the Swedish FAO committee and member of the African Union´s Continental Steering Committee for development of ecological, organic agriculture (EOA-I) in Africa and worked as consultant in Brussels. She holds a MSc in Biology/Agriculture and a licentiate (AgrLic) in farming systems.

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