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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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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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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Kristina Mastroianni

Kristina is an agronomist and has worked with project management of large agriculture value chain development projects in NIRAS since 2004, working with donors such as EU, Sida, DFID UK, NZAID, WB and ADB. As Technical Director for Agriculture within NIRAS she is responsible for stakeholder management and coordination of knowledge management and learning from across NIRAS’ agriculture programmes, with over 45 projects ongoing, representing a Technical Assistance value of €75M. Kristina is experienced in reviewing strategies for development cooperation and has extensive knowledge of Market Systems Development (MSD) within sustainable production in a development context. She is the Programme Director for the UK-funded Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme, aiming at providing evidence for increased investment to smallholder agriculture globally.

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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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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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Elisabeth Simelton

Elisabeth Simelton is a climate-change scientist at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), based in Hanoi since 2010. She holds a PhD in geography and BA in International Education and has a genuine interdisciplinary experience through global climate-change impact studies on food security and crop-modelling to developing farmer-centered agro-climatic information services. Currently, she is a project leader of three research studies under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security that are being implemented in Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Cambodia and the Philippines. This work includes managing one of the seven ‘climate-smart village’ projects in Southeast Asia. Her main research interest is in innovating participatory tools for interacting with smallholder farming communities and agricultural extension services, mixing qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as developing policy guidelines for adaptation and mitigation.

Her work includes over 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications, including Nature Scientific Reviews and Food Security, which have been widely cited, including in reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition, she has produced numerous training materials, participatory methods and other material related to environmental services, climate adaptation and agricultural insurance that are used by universities and research and development organisations globally. She is an avid blogger and trainer/facilitator. Dr Simelton has over 20 years of experience in Southeast and East Asia (10 years in Viet Nam, 5 in China), southern Africa, and Europe (Spain, Sweden, UK), where she has worked with universities, United Nations agencies and the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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