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

To promote agroforestry in national policy frameworks and boost its impact, the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) and the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)– has prepared this guide, designed to assist countries to support conditions that would optimize agroforestry’s contribution to national development.
These guidelines were developed from a mix of workshops, structured interviews with experts, and detailed national case studies from both the developed and developing world.

There are four critical conditions that encourage agroforestry:

  1. It should be beneficial to farmers and other land users;
  2. There must be security of land tenure;
  3. Intersectoral coordination is essential;
  4. Good governance of natural resources is crucial.

In conclusion, the guidelines provide ten tracks for policy action:

  1. Spread the word. Raise awareness of the benefits of agroforestry systems to both individual farmers and global society.
  2. Revise the context. Appraise and reform unfavourable regulations and legal restrictions.
  3. Secure the land. Clarify land-use policy goals and regulations.
  4. Create a new approach. Elaborate new agricultural policies that take into account the role of trees in rural development.
  5. Organize and synergize. Organize intersectoral coordination for better policy coherence and synergies.
  6. Provide incentives. Create a clear context for payments for environmental services.
  7. Develop markets. Strengthen farmers’ access to markets for tree products.
  8. Communicate the know-how. Enhance stakeholder information.
  9. Include the stakeholder. Formulate or strengthen policy based on local people’s needs and rights.
  10. Govern wisely. Engage in good governance of rural activities.

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last updated:  Thursday, July 23, 2015