Meeting discusses formation of International Union for Agroforestry

IUAF is an international platform to really make visible the incredible work of agroforestry science and bring together communities that are adopting agroforestry innovations to transform their lives and their landscapes

“IUAF is an international platform to really make visible the incredible work of agroforestry science and bring together communities that are adopting agroforestry innovations to transform their lives and their landscapes.”— Margaret Kroma

At the recently concluded IUFRO 2014, scientists interested and those working on Agroforestry met to further discussions on modalities of forming an International Union for Agroforestry (IUAF). The idea to have IUAF was first mooted at the World Congress on Agroforestry in New Delhi, India, February 2014.

At the IUFRO meeting, participants reviewed a draft of the IUAF charter. It was agreed that the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) can take the lead in the formation of the union and should provide a convening role at least for the first two years as the union is established.

“IUAF is an international platform to really make visible the incredible work of agroforestry science, partnerships for policy, types of coalitions and collaborations that are on the ground, also to bring together community groups and farmer associations that are adopting agroforestry innovations to transform their lives and their landscapes,” said Dr Margaret Kroma, Assistant Director General, Partnerships & Impact at ICRAF. She noted that the union would be a platform that coherently allows the distilling of ideas on new knowledge and insights that are shared among researchers and practitioners on the ground.

“ICRAF, being the premier institution for agroforestry science and technology has committed to take a lead in the formation of the union and will play a convening role in its formative stages to ensure IUAF takes off successfully,” she said.

Discussions at the meeting weighed on development of requisite institutional infrastructure and resource mobilization mechanisms necessary to operationalize the union.

 

–By Elizabeth Kahurani-Kimani

Read more: What is agroforestry?

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