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Guidelines for Agroforestry Development - a success story for landscapes, livelihoods and resilience

Published: 28 January 2019

Dr. Leimona Beria, Ecosystem Services Scientist at ICRAF Indonesia recently gave a seminar on the newly published ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Guidelines for Agroforestry Development endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry.

The ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development is an important milestone towards increasing the prosperity, connectivity, resilience and security of the peoples of ASEAN Member States. Taken as a whole, the Guidelines form a framework in which development can take place.

The seminar was arranged 24 January at the Centre for Sustainable Development in Gothenburg by AgriFoSe2030 and Focali (Forest, Climate, and Livelihood research network), a Swedish research network focusing on forest / bio-energy, climate change and poverty issues.

New guidelines for the development of agroforestry

The Guidelines are an outcome of the Vision and Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry 2016–2025 that was endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry in 2016. That endorsement led to a decision to develop guidelines for the development of agroforestry in ASEAN Member States, through an extensive consultation process across the region with stakeholders not only from agriculture and forestry but also other sectors, such as climate change, energy and water.

– Dr Leimona has a PhD from Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands. She is leading the Cluster of Activity Global Learning Landscape of CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Leimona is one of the resource persons for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry for developing national guidelines and policy reviews. It was very interesting to hear her present the new guidelines, says Madelene Ostwald

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