Floriade Dialogue #16 Agroforestry Strategy
Biodiversity: Growing a regenerative agriculture
This Floriade Dialogue edition was all about maximizing nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services that help adapt to climate change, reduce disaster-risk but most importantly produce a sufficient amount of food for the planet. The question how agriculture will be able to deliver food for people worldwide while restoring nature and the climate, contributing to multiple SDG’s was a big discussion point.
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- Download the presentation | Introduction to the topic: Growing a regenerative agriculture for the Floriade 2022 | Xavier San Giorgi, Agroforestry Expert Floriade Experience
- Download the presentation | Solid Ground: Earth’s Soils Reveal Climate, Biodiversity & Food Security Solutions | Speaker: Felipe Villela, CCO & Founder, reNature, Brasil
- Download the presentation | Farming with biodiversity – towards nature positive production at scale | Speaker: Gilmee Davids, Agroforestry Developer, Verstegen Spices & Sauces B.V., The Netherlands
- Download the presentation | Generating spatial data on agroforestry progress in Indonesian Food forests | Speaker: Koen Verberne, Founder 52Impact, The Netherlands
Agriculture: a problem and solution in one
Analyses by World Resource Institute (WRI’s Global Forest Review) show that just seven agricultural commodities — cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and plantation wood fibres — accounted for 26% of global tree cover loss from 2001 to 2015. These agricultural commodities replaced 71.9 million hectares of forest during that period; an area twice the size of Germany.
Agroforestry Strategy: healthy soil as a start
However, deforestation in itself is only part of the problem. 52% of the world’s farmland is now moderately to severely degraded. The world needs a plan B to overcome such challenges. New agricultural models that can regenerate the planet: the Agroforestry Strategy! A set of practices that strengthen agricultural resilience, also known as regenerative agriculture, which includes the use of trees for agricultural purposes. The most promising solutions for regenerative agriculture, however, always start with healthy soil.
Cultivating diversity and species productivity
Healthy soil is able to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it underground, where it can restore nutrients and feed an array of biology and life. By restoring and enhancing natural ecosystem processes such as water and nutrient cycling, pest predation and weed competition, regenerative agriculture improves ecosystem function and builds resilience over time. This supports productivity, while reducing nutrient deficiencies and the reliance on pesticides. Diversity in plants, grazing animals, wildlife and insects helps to improve soil health and build resilience to pests and diseases in farm and ranch ecosystems. Cultivating tree species in intimate combination with agricultural crops creates a healthy, harmonious symbiosis.
Rebalancing Farmer Incentives
This Floriade Dialogue Webinar will discuss the importance of nature for 21st century farming solutions. We will touch and emphasize technical assistance and support for farmers transition, the need for evidence and data but most importantly policy frameworks and financial incentives and markets. The dialogue will show that agroforestry programmes need to be designed with recognition of traditional farming practices and to rebalance the incentives for individual farmers.
The replay of the webinar and the downloads of the presentations will be available soon.