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17-Jan-2014

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Contact: Daniel Kapsoot
d.kapsoot@cgiar.org
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
@ICRAF

World Congress on Agroforestry 2014

The World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 will be one of the major events of the year in the field of trees, forests, agriculture and development. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, will open the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 on 10 February in New Delhi, indicating the value that India places on trees on farms and in the landscape as a way to bolster future food security and livelihoods.

The World Agroforestry Centre and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, together with the Indian Society of Agroforestry and Global Initiatives, are sponsoring the Congress in Delhi, India, 10-14 February 2014. The Congress, entitled 'Trees for Life: Accelerating the Impacts of Agroforestry', will draw up to 1000 participants from the private, research and development sectors.

Registration for the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 (WCA2014) is still open through the website here. The agenda will feature Keynote Addresses, Plenary Discussions and Breakout Sessions, structured around the business, development and science of agroforestry.

The first day will be devoted to agroforestry systems, income and environmental benefits in South Asia. Subsequent days will deal with the themes of: 1. Business in the context of science and development, 2. Sustaining development through agroforestry, breakthroughs and innovations, and 3. The integration of science, business and development.

Offering a unique opportunity for the business and research communities to interact, the Congress will be built around a structure dealing with science and innovation; food and nutrition; environmental protection; enterprise; knowledge and policy environment, and climate change. It will produce a global roadmap for agroforestry in the context of world development and create a tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnership, investment and impact.

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Further information, including details of the agenda, can be found on the website http://www.wca2014.org. For other queries, email: wca2014(at)CGIAR(dot)org.

Join our #WCA2014 social media team!

Follow the Congress on Twitter (@ICRAF) and Facebook (#wca2014). It will also be livestreamed. We are assembling a large team of social media volunteers to support the Congress. Volunteers can participate either online, or at the event itself. We are also offering a free 2-day social media training course for all onsite volunteers. Experienced social media users, professionals, volunteers, journalists as well as beginners are equally welcome in the social media team. If you are interested in joining our social reporting team, email our social media coordinator: Peter Casier at p.casier(at)cgiar(dot)org.

Blog competition

Through our #WCA2014 blog for the World Congress on Agroforestry, we want to provide you the platform to showcase your work. We want blogposts to showcase "Trees for Life", illustrating the importance, and future potentials of agroforestry. With the aim to significantly boost awareness, engagement and investments in agroforestry, anyone can submit a blogpost. See here for more details. Students can describe their project and field experience. Researchers can illustrate their findings. Farmers can submit stories on how they converted research to practice. Policy makers and advocacy groups can showcase the projects they implemented, etc. Write a blog! Win an iPad!



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