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Side Events

Throughout the congress, various side events will be organized by our partners. These side events will allow participants to discover some of the most fascinating agroforestry innovations, share knowledge and network on major issues of agroforestry. Take the opportunity offered by these side events to learn more about the challenges faced by agroforestry and the ways to contribute to the necessary transition to a viable world! You’re interested in organizing a Side Event? Please contact us at: [email protected]

Smallholder Agroforestry Through Tech-Enabled Carbon Payments (Rabobank)

Rabobank’s Acorn offers payments for ecosystem services to smallholder farmers who want to adopt regenerative agroforestry practices. Acorn does this by opening up the carbon credit market, through remote sensing of CO2 sequestration, transparent & scalable certification, marketplace development and innovative financing support. This workshop will share how the barriers to the carbon market can be lowered for smallholders, and what the remaining challenges are in remote sensing CO2 sequestration and financing agroforestry for millions of smallholders worldwide.

Language: English

Agroforestry and Climate Adaptation Policies: Between Potentials and Challenges (FAO)

Increasingly, countries are realizing the benefits that trees can bring to agricultural and pastoral landscapes. Agroforestry provides a unique opportunity to address the climate emergency and biodiversity loss while achieving sustainable development goals and commitments, including food security and nutrition. Despite this cross-cutting potential, agroforestry has not yet been sufficiently integrated and supported in national and global strategies regarding adaptation to climate change. Through projects from different developing countries, this event examines the opportunities, challenges and issues related to the adoption of agroforestry solutions from the community to the national level.

Language: To be determined

Success stories of 15 years of research on coffee and cocoa conducted by the Agroforesta platform in Central America: sharing of experiences, tools and results, and testimonies from stakeholders (dP Agroforesta)

Agroforesta scientific platform on agroforestry in Latin America has been working for 15 years on the development of sustainable and efficient coffee and cocoa-based agroforestry systems. The platform's members (Cirad, Catie, Promecafé, Bioversity International and Icraf) are working with production and research and development actors to improve the performance of agroforestry systems in terms of productivity and profitability, as well as their contribution to the well-being of rural populations and the preservation of the environment and natural resources. Share with us the successes of 15 years of research at this event!

Language: English/Spanish (some testimonies)

Take a break: Play to understand the benefits and constraints of agroforestry

Should I plant trees? Should I cut them down to collect wood? Is it better to convert my fallow land to grain, pasture or coffee? Workshop participants will put themselves in the shoes of a farmer who must make decisions based on various contextual and individual constraints and opportunities. The serious games presented in the workshop were developed with stakeholders (farmers, support services, government officials, etc.) following the Companion Modeling approach (ComMod). Following the game session, participants will discuss their experiences and the different contexts in which serious games may be relevant.

*This workshop is organized by Cirad (Montpellier, France) and BFH (Berne,Switzerland), with the support of dP Agroforesta (Turrialba, Costa Rica).

Language : English (could be adapted to the participants’ language)

Book Launch: Tree Crop Commodities in Africa (ICRAF)

The book “Tree Crop Commodities in Africa” seeks to examine how tree products can best contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. The book focuses on five essential tree commodities grown on the African continent: cocoa, coffee, oil palm, rubber and cashew nuts. It combines a case study approach with innovation perspectives from across the continent. The book thus targets several case studies related to production, market and economy, environment and policy innovation pathways.  It also seeks to draw lessons from Latin America and Asia with the aim of enabling global learning. The book is primarily intended for a non-specialist audience working in the evaluation and design of different initiatives within the public sector, civil society and the private sector. Each chapter aims to provide a basic understanding of the topic addressed and to refer to recent or fundamental literature that can be consulted for more in-depth study.  

The new FTA Partnership: what priorities ahead for agroforestry research for development?
Forests, trees and agroforestry are indispensable to achieving the sustainable development goals, including addressing the most pressing societal challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity and malnutrition. 
A set of research and development partners have decided to work together under the FTA partnership to support stakeholders from local to international levels to achieve the transformational change that these challenges are demanding at a large speed and scale. 
The purpose of this side event is to present the FTA partnership and to discuss its priorities and program of work on agroforestry.  
This side event is organized by CIFOR-ICRAF and the partners of FTA.
International Union of Agroforestry (IUAF) General Assembly

The International Union for Agroforestry was created in 2019 in Montpellier. The scope of IUAF is to promote agroforestry worldwide, and IUAF is particularly in charge of organizing the World Congresses on Agroforestry. Please consult the IUAF website to know more : The first General Assembly of IUAF will have the following agenda :

  • Welcome address
  • Activity Report by the IUAF President. Vote of approval (electronic vote)
  • Election of the new board of trustees : presentation talk by the applicants, opening of the electronic vote
  • Financial Report by the IUAF treasurer. Vote of approval (electronic vote)
  • Keynote speech by a charismatic figure (To be disclosed soon)
  • Presentation of the scope and strategy of IUAF, open floor to IUAF members
  • Closing of the electronic vote for the new board of trustees. Announcement of the results of the election of the board. The new board of trustees will meet on the spot to elect the new bureau (President, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • Announcement of the received bids to host the next World Congress on Agroforestry (2025)
  • Announcement of the composition of the new bureau of IUAF (President, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • Closure of the General Assembly

A meet and chat cocktail will be offered to IUAF members after the General Assembly.

Reserved to IUAF members (free membership for all WCA5 participants, if you accepted at registration)

Language : English

Agroforestry and Climate-Resilient Land Use: A Global Perspective
Conference by P.K.R. Nair, University of Florida
Climate-Resilient Land Use refers to the sustainable use of existing natural resources for crop and livestock production systems to mitigate the impacts of climate change and achieve higher productivity in the long term. 
Sequestering carbon in biomass and soils: Photosynthetic C captured by trees and its long-term storage in plant biomass is an effective strategy for limiting the rise of atmospheric CO2 concentrations across the globe. Compared with treeless land-use systems, Agroforestry systems (AFS) have higher C seq. potential because of their higher plant diversity, larger biomass volume per unit area of land, and ability to store C in the biomass and soils for longer periods. 
Ecosystem Services of Agroforestry and Climate-change Mitigation: Over the years, Ecosystem Services (ES) as applied to agroforestry have come to embrace a wide variety of services. Two prominent ones are climate-change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. Agroforestry systems also play significant roles in realizing such services based on hydrological processes The extent to which these benefits can be realized depends on several site-specific and management conditions. The manifestation of the advantages is a slow process, and its impact will be felt only gradually, which could be a disincentive to those expecting a rapid turnaround.