Launch of Agroforestry Network – Sven-Erik Bucht, the Swedish Minister of Rural Affairs gives the opening speech
On Tuesday November 22, we are proud to launch Agroforestry Network together with our partners: Vi-skogen, SLU Global, SIANI, Focali and Agroforestry Sverige. Guests from Swedish development- and environmental organisations will join the event as well as leading scientists and representatives from the press.
During the launch we will network and discuss the purpose of Agroforestry Network and the way forward. Sven-Erik Bucht, the Swedish Minister of Rural Affairs will give the opening speech and officially launch the network. After that scientist from different universities will present their research about agroforestry as tool in climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation. These presentations will take us on a journey from Sri Lanka to Burkina Faso to Kenya and the degraded pasture landscapes in the western parts of the country.
About the initiative
The most vulnerable people are poor farmers depending on natural resources. Implementing agroforestry in rural agricultural areas can alleviate poverty, increase the resilience to climate change, improve the environmental sustainability and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. Even though the success of agroforestry has been demonstrated in many development projects, more research and knowledge exchange is necessary between scientists and organisations within development cooperation and environment. Agroforestry Network gives these stakeholders new possibilities for cooperation and advocacy. The network will provide a forum where research and practise meet and together can adress challenges and opportunities in agroforestry.
Agroforestry can be one of the major tools when implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to reach the goals of the Paris agreement. The aim of the network is to communicate these possibilities and influence the direction of Swedish aid. More funding for agroforestry is well invested money.
For more information, please contact:
Marcus Lundstedt, Press Officer Vi-skogen