Time running out to vote for agroforestry at RIO+20

A woman gathers fodder from her agroforestry system. Image from www.swissaid.ch

For the first time ever, the word AGROFORESTRY may enter the UNCSD vocabulary if enough people vote for it. This chance comes after Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, decided to open up the upcoming RIO+20 Event to the public last week.

People all over the world are encouraged to vote on the top 100 recommendations that all countries will address next week in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

To get agroforestry on to the RIO+20 global discussion, people should visit http://vote.riodialogues.org/?l=en. Once on the site, click the Forest tab then click the checkbox which reads “Governments should support agroforestry as a promising alternative to balance the need for food and fuelwood whilst reducing pressure on natural forests. Votes should be in by 11 pm Kenyan time on Thursday, June 14 2012.

The good news about Rio is that everyone agrees that we need to do more to make the planet sustainable. The bad news is that countries don’t agree on how to go about it and what priorities to assign to various issues.

So why should you vote for agroforestry in RIO+20? Well, because it helps the rural poor access new income generating opportunities, it makes agricultural landscapes more resilient to climate change by adding to soil organic matter, it supports systems that encourage better gender, social and political equity and in rural landscapes, agroforestry enhances biodiversity and protects forests.

Join over 10 million folks, 2000 institutions, 1000 businesses and 200 countries and sign up to AGROFORESTRY at Rio by voting at http://vote.riodialogues.org/?l=en


Christopher Mesiku

Chris Mesiku is a science communicator volunteering at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last 5 years, he has worked as a communicator for various scientific institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (ANU) and a Masters in Philosophy of Science (UQ).

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