About the initiative

Agroforestry is getting more attention and is increasingly seen as a sustainable option to many of the land management practices in developing countries. The Swedish NGO Vi Agroforestry (in Swedish: Vi-skogen) founded Agroforestry Network in order to make agroforestry more recognised among development aid stakeholders and to share knowledge with other agroforestry experts. It is a network based in Sweden for international agroforestry practice, bringing together agroforestry experts from different organisations and institutions in Sweden and abroad.

The world is facing great challenges. Climate change is a real threat that already has a huge negative impact on the most vulnerable people in the world, leaving hundreds of millions without secure livelihoods. Only by working together with sustainable solutions can we change the course of events towards a better future.

The global Sustainable Development Goals elaborate on food security, sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation, sustainable forest management and restoration of degraded or desertified land (#2 Zero Hunger, #13 Climate Action and #15 Life on Land). Agroforestry methods can assist when fulfilling all of these goals. The method of planting trees and crops together is an efficient and effective way to: fight poverty as yields increase, mitigate climate change as trees store CO2, and fight desertification and restore degraded land.

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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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Johanna Björklund

Johanna Björklund is associate professor in environmental science at the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University. She has here research interests in new systems of multifunctional agriculture and the use of ecosystem services as management tools in such systems. She has coordinated a Swedish Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR) project conducting research and development of Swedish agroforestry system. Methods for multi-criteria assessments of ecosystem services in agro-ecosystem are within the field of her work. She is the Swedish representative in the general assembly of EURAF (European Agroforestry Federation) and a board member of the newly establish organisation Agroforestry Sweden. Part of her time she is dedicated to education as responsible for the Culinary Arts and Ecology program at Örebro University.

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gert nyberg

Gert Nyberg is a researcher and research coordinator at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His main fields of research are Agroforestry and Restoration of Degraded Lands, mainly in Eastern Africa. Gert is a soil scientist and works with the dynamics of carbon, nutrients and water in soil-plant systems in applied agriculture and agroforestry systems. He coordinated the Triple L Research Initiative (Land, Livestock and Livelihood), which is a multidisciplinary research initiative between several Swedish Universities, several Kenyan Universities, International research organisations, Vi Agroforestry and local policy makers and stakeholders. He has practical experience from agroforestry and restoration development work in East Africa and has previously been working with Vi Agroforestry.

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Hanna Sinare

Hanna Sinare works at Stockholm Resilience Centre and is a member of Focali. She holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management from Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Her research is focused on the multiple benefits people obtain from ecosystem services in village landscapes in Sudano-Sahelian West Africa. Agroforestry systems are dominant in these landscapes. Hanna is currently working within the GRAID programme (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for development) with synthesis of resilience research in the Sahel as a knowledge base for development interventions.

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Erik Andersson

Erik Andersson is associate professor in sustainability science at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and one of the theme leaders for the global food systems and multifunctional landscapes/seascapes research. Erik is interested in how ecological conditions and processes together with governance and human perceptions and values shape multifunctionality and how we understand and appreciate nature. A centrepiece in this research is how landscape patterns and processes intersect with different social-ecological boundaries. While having limited experiences of agroforestry per se, Erik bring together experience and expertise from past research on multifunctional landscapes for production as well as recreation and conservation to ask questions about alternative future production landscapes, including the ones within and next to cities.

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Fredrik Moberg

Fredrik Moberg is working for Stockholm Resilience Centre as a researcher and communications advisor. He holds a PhD in natural resources management from Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. His research deals with biological diversity, ecosystem services and resilience of social-ecological systems. He is also the Director of Albaeco, an independent organisation communicating the latest in sustainability science with a focus on Nature’s importance to society and the economy.

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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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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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