Agroforestry Systems will be playing and a critical role in the UN Global Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. We are working on cocoa, coffee, and rubber agrofrestry systems to better understand their contribution to the wellbeing of people and the environment
The Global Agroforestry Network
Agroforestry systems such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber are diversified cropping systems, primarily farmed by smallholders. These systems have been termed to benefit climate resilience, a safe harbor for biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service protection, and provide critical livelihood.
While much work has been done in agroforestry research, we see the need to integrate our work globally in a concerted way. We initiated the Global Agroforestry Network to promote global and multidisciplinary work across stakeholders to better understand agroforestry systems, their functions and how agroecological production strategies can help to overcome sustainability challenges.
The way forward
Our group is leading and is involved in multiple project of the Global Agroforestry Network (GAN). We are working on the environmental and social benefits of cocoa pollination globally. For this, we are using our CV monitoring devices and the site network of the GAN to better understand pollinator ecology and the potential to increase cocoa yields in sustainable agroforestry systems. We are also involved in the first assessment of the effects of rubber agroforestry on climate change, biodiversity conservation, and livelihood support. Lastly, we have just launched a new initiative to map cocoa and coffee agroforestry systems globally based on 50,000 datapoints.