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Creating an Evergreen Agriculture in Africa

Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:00 - 14:00
Location:
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
499 South Capitol Street S, Suite 500B
 
Please join us for a discussion with: 
Dennis Garrity, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre
  
The huge challenge for Africa is producing more food for a growing population while at the same time combating the risks that come with climate change. However, hundreds of thousands of rainfed smallholder farms in each of four countries (Zambia, Malawi, Niger, and Burkina Faso) have been shifting to farming systems that are restoring exhausted soils and are dramatically increasing food crop yields, household food security, and incomes. The presentation will review that experience, discuss the application of conservation farming (CF) principles in African smallholder agriculture, and will outline a fresh approach through the integration of trees into these systems to create an Evergreen Agriculture, that is, an agroforestry-based conservation agriculture. Finally, it will focus on the key research issues to be tackled, and will report on the current momentum for these successes to be further adapted and scaled-up across the African continent.
 
Opening Remarks:
 
Daniel Karanja, Senior Fellow, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
 
Presentation:
 
Dennis Garrity, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre
 
Discussants:
 
Owen Cylke, Head of Macroeconomics Programme, WWF
 
Jan Hartke, Consultant, Clinton Foundation
 
 

Dennis Garrity
Dr. Garrity is a systems agronomist whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He has served for eight years as the chief executive officer of The World Agroforestry Center.  Previously, Dr Garrity served as regional coordinator of the Center’s work in Southeast Asia, and earlier headed the Agroecology Unit at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. He currently chairs the Steering Committee of Landcare International, a community-based approach to that fosters innovative solutions to natural resource management challenges.

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