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Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda. A guide for decision-makers

Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda. A guide for decision-makers
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). February 2013
  • Agroforestry sustains livelihoods, alleviates poverty and promotes productive, resilient agricultural environments. In addition, when practised at scale, it can enhance ecosystems through carbon storage, prevention of deforestation, biodiversity conservation, cleaner water and erosion control while enabling agricultural lands to withstand events such as floods, drought and climate change. The guidelines presented in this report are aimed primarily at all those involved in making policies at national and regional levels, such as decision-makers, civil servants and key policy advisors. Their function is to support increased recognition of agroforestry benefits, facilitate the development of policies promoting agroforestry systems and educate those that constrain agroforestry at the national level. The guidelines present a set of principles rather than prescribed methods. They advise how to integrate agroforestry into policies, particularly helping countries to formulate policies for their specific conditions. They provide examples of good practices and success stories, as well as lessons learned from challenges and failures. They are designed as an entry point for policy creation or change. In cases where agroforestry policy is completely absent, they can assist in creating awareness of agroforestry systems and show how, through innovative policy design taking trees, crops and animal production into account, policy issues can be addressed. In other cases, where agroforestry is recognized in policy frameworks, the guidelines can assist in improving the economic, social and policy context, so that incentives for practising agroforestry are strengthened.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Agroforestry, Traditional knowledge
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Guidance
  • Type of resource: Glossary, Good practices, Guidelines, Lessons learned, Recommendations
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Published in 2015