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Multi-functional landscapes and food security discussed at Alnarp

Published: 20 November 2017

On November 16-17 AgriFoSe2030 arranged a session on multi-functional landscapes and food security at The third national agroforestry conference in Alnarp, Sweden.

The session was called Multi-functional landscapes and food security in practice and was arranged by three African researchers that visits the AgriFoSe2030 programme during the autumn together with Madelene Ostwald that is Team leader of Team 2 in AgriFoSe2030 - Multifunctional landscapes for increased food security. The session was moderated by Professor Ingrid Öborn, regional co-ordinator for Southeast Asia, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Professor at the Department of Crop Production Ecology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

From watersheds in Ethiopia to fish farming in Kenya's arid areas

The session provided detailed examples of multifunctional land use systems from integrated watershed management in Ethiopia. The land use systems has reduced soil erosion and increased crop production.

– Another highlight was that agroforestry parklands in Burkina Faso can, with right practice, sustain productive hydrolog, says Madelene Ostwald.

Integrated fish farming in arid areas of Kenya can enhanced job opportunities and it provide diversified diets. Multifunctional land use within the national climate proposals submitted to the Climate Conventions (UNFCCC) was presented. UNFCCC focuses heavily on climate smart and multifunctional land uses, particularly in the suggestions from the global south.

Use and side-effects of multifunctional land use

– The conference highlighted the divers practices of multifunctional land use and many of the side-effect it produces; both some negative such as cost, but primarily positive once like reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, increased harvest, sustainable soil management and promotion of biological diversity in the food production system, says Madelene Ostwald.

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