4th World Congress on Agroforestry: Strengthening Links between Science, Society and Policy
Montpellier has been chosen to host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry from 20 to 25 May 2019. Organization of the congress, which is held every five years and has never previously been held in Europe, will be led by CIRAD and INRA, in partnership with Agropolis International. More than a thousand participants from both temperate and tropical zones all over the world are expected. They will be discussing the issues surrounding agroforestry, notably the way in which research results can fuel societal debate and public decision-making.
France has played a pivotal role in scientific debate on agroforestry: "It was the first European country to implement a national agroforestry development plan", says Christian Dupraz, a researcher in UMR System, who will be chairing the scientific committee. Montpellier, for its part, is the only site in Europe working on agroforestry in both tropical environments (CIRAD) and temperate zones (INRA). "The decision to hold the congress in Montpellier is a sign of global recognition that confirms the importance of agroforestry and acknowledges the efforts made in the region over the past 35 years", says a delighted Christian Dupraz.
Several dozen researchers with various research units at CIRAD and INRA have been working on agroforestry since the 1980s. In particular, they are studying the issues surrounding multi-storey agriculture, timber production in crop plots, shade trees for perennial crops (coffee and cocoa), and multi-storey agroforests and agroforest gardens.