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Changing perceptions of agroforestry: Quotes from WCA2014

Agroforester Vinesh Prasad demonstrates the Marcotting technique during a plant propagation training in Fiji. Photo ICRAF

Agroforester Vinesh Prasad demonstrates the Marcotting technique during a plant propagation training in Fiji. Photo ICRAF

The World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 (WCA2014) in Delhi, India, was a paradigm-shifting event for many. As these quotes collected from delegates attest, it was also an opportunity to share, rejuvenate, and network.

BMZ/GTZ- Germany; Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC); Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA) and Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) supported these delegates’ participation at WCA2014.

 

WCA2014 Quotes

“WCA 2014 was very useful for people from the Pacific, as we do not have lots of activities and need to be exposed to what is being done in other regions. The field trip and case studies on Indian agroforestry were eye openers.”
Vinesh Prasad, agroforestry technician, Fiji

“I made many scientific contacts, and met with renowned scientists like Prof. Leakey and Prof. Nair. I deepened my knowledge.”
Jiofack Tafokou Rene Bernadin, PhD student, DR Congo

“The most important new idea for me was fodder trees for goat farming. I was inspired by the many ideas from different people from around the world.”
Dennis Chipare, horticulturist, Zimbabwe

Fatima Niang Diop (standing) holds discussions with women farmers in Senegal. Photo ICRAF

Fatima Niang Diop (standing) holds
discussions with women farmers in Senegal. Photo ICRAF

“Agroforestry is the best way to improve our land productivity, and the best link between environment and economy.”
—Fatimata Niang Diop, researcher, Senegal

“My expectations to learn about agroforestry for sustainable food production and environmental conservation were met. I appreciated the roles agroforestry can play in national development, food production, rural livelihood and climate change mitigation”
—Adekunle Victor Ajibola Jimoh, associate professor, Nigeria

“I made new friends and networks and learned about new innovations and research results. We have to develop a mosaic of demand-driven and science-led solutions.”
—Samson Gwali, agroforestry research scientist, Uganda

“I am now in direct touch with at least 5-7 researchers in my field here in India.”
Kamla Khanal, PhD student, India

“I exchanged contact details with a lot of people, and we hope to establish collaborations in the future. Agroforestry can be developed into a sustainable business.”
Olivia Agbenyega, lecturer, Ghana

“I met with experts in my field and the Congress broadened my thinking on agroforestry, particularly on using vegetable oil for biofuel production.”
Veena Halwe, BAIF

“Agroforestry can provide food to the poor, improve soil fertility and mitigate greenhouse gases.”
—Hilda Sagondi Ngazi, Tanzania

“In Ghana agroforestry has not received much attention, but through the Congress, I realized that it is a well developed field with potential to change the livelihoods of farmers.”
—Thomas F. G. Insaidoo, agroforester, Ghana

“The evidence given in the research-based presentations from countries with conditions similar to Malawi has changed my thinking on agroforestry.”
—Stella Kankwamba, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi

“I was impressed with the new methodologies in the field and the sessions on local knowledge.”
—Martha Ataa-Asantewa, agroforestry graduate, Ghana

“I would have liked to see more grassroots people participating at WCA2014.”
—Tatiana Deane de Abreu Sa, Brazil

Sinasson Gisele Installing an air-layering experiment. Photo ICRAF

Sinasson Gisele Installing an air-layering experiment. Photo ICRAF

“I learnt how to efficiently manage agroforestry systems to improve rural livelihoods. I was also happy to make many useful contacts.”
—Sinasson Gisele, Benin

WCA2014 provided a platform for communicating with scientists from different countries and get up to date on recent trends in agroforestry.”
—Tpasi Das, researcher, India

“The most important idea I came away with is the role of agroforestry in rural development and environmental sustainability.”
—Rosemary Du Preez, Uvuselelo, Is’Baya Development Trust, South Africa

“The Congress helped me see agroforestry from a scientific perspective. I made new contacts and got feedback from scientists on my PhD work.”
—Precilla Tata, PhD student, Cameroon

By Cathy Watson and Bryony Bidder.
Edited by Daisy Ouya

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