On July 17th-20th, 2022, the 5th World Congress on Agroforestry: Transitioning to a Viable World, will be held in Québec City, Canada, as well as in virtual mode.
This congress, organized by Université Laval, in partnership with the International Union for Agroforestry (IUAF) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), will be an opportunity to stimulate an open and inclusive dialogue between various stakeholders from around the world including farmers, researchers, advisors, policy makers, and representatives from the government, the civil society and the private sector.
Agroforestry helps improve soil health, protect water quality, increase biodiversity, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and provide food security, health and revenues. It is an essential component of the needed ecological, energetic, social and economic transition. This critical transition can and must be achieved through a participatory collaboration process that builds bridges between research, policy decisions and field work.
The 5th World Congress on Agroforestry will participate in creating or strengthening those connections by promoting knowledge sharing for a transition to a unified and healthy world.
Our director Genna Tesdall, funded by the Transformative Partnership Platform (TPP) on Agroecology of the GLF, will take the floor and speak about "Youth Leadership for Agroecology and Agroforestry" at the Plenary Session on The Agroecology-Agroforestry Nexus!
Get a small glimpse at her talk:
Agroecology is a science, a set of practices and a series of social movements emerging as a credible pathway toward more equitable, resilient, diversified, ecological and healthy food systems. Facing complex and interrelated socio-ecological challenges such as climate change, land and water resources depletion, increasing economic and social inequalities, conflicts, and food insecurity requires holistic actions. As such, agroecology proposes a comprehensive set of principles that go way beyond the spectrum of ecological agroecosystem management to encompass notions of co-creation of knowledge, social connectedness, responsible governance, and equity and agency, among others, to build food systems on viable foundations as well as to influence the political and social structures that govern them. Agroforestry and agroecology share many common grounds, and the agroforestry-agroecology nexus is mainly considered in a perspective focusing on system performances and synergies. Indeed, agroforestry can represent a highly developed form of agroecology, and applying agroecological principles in the design and management of agroforestry systems can significantly enhance their contribution to food system transition. While discussing these important connections, this plenary aims at extending the scope of the reflections by exploring how agroforestry and agroecology worlds can nurture and learn from each other on cross-cutting issues such as co-design, scaling-up, fairness, governance, advocacy, discourse framing and policy making, to ultimately foster the transition to a viable world.
Date: Wednesday, July 20th 2022
Presentation time: 01:30 PM (GMT-4)