Report Shows Agroforestry’s Contribution to Several SDGs

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Written by ELSA TSIOUMANI, LL.M, International Institute for Sustainable Development

  • A report by member organizations of the Agroforestry Network provides evidence of how agroforestry can contribute to implementation of nine out of the 17 SDGs, with the strongest impact potential for poverty reduction (SDG 1) and hunger alleviation (SDG 2), as well as for climate action (SDG 13) and life on land (SDG 15).

  • Agroforestry is a sustainable and efficient land management system combining crops, trees, and sometimes livestock.

Agroforestry can contribute to food security, increase biodiversity, and combat climate change, according to a recent report by member organizations of the Agroforestry Network, and should attract more policy attention and investment to fulfill its potential.

Agroforestry is considered a sustainable and efficient land management system combining crops, trees, and sometimes livestock. Titled, ‘Achieving the Global Goals through Agroforestry,’ the report presents evidence of how agroforestry can contribute to implementation of nine out of the 17 SDGs. Agroforestry has the strongest impact potential on poverty reduction (SDG 1) and hunger alleviation (SDG 2), as well as on climate action (SDG 13), and biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management (SDG 15). In addition, the report shows that agroforestry can contribute to other goals by improving gender equality (SDG 5) and health (SDG 3), as well as by increasing access to clean water (SDG 6), sustainable energy solutions (SDG 7), and responsible agricultural production (SDG 12).

The report builds on an extensive literature review of 1,000 scientific publications and other reports about practical agroforestry projects. The authors present environmental, social and economic benefits of agroforestry at the farmer, community and landscape levels. Special attention is paid to the benefits agroforestry brings to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and biodiversity. [Publication: Achieving the Global Goals through Agroforestry] [Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative Press Release]

Originally published by International Institute for Sustainable Development on Oct. 25, 2018