A GLOBAL INITIATIVE
TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS
Agriculture is driving the shapes and looks of our planet to a large extend. High input production systems provide food, energy, and income to a growing human population with often dire environmental consequences.
The Global Agroforestry Network (GAN) is a new initiative of scientists working on cocoa, coffee, and rubber agroforestry systems to understand the ecological, social, and economic consequences of production decisions.
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We promote global multidisciplinary work across stakeholders to better understand agroforestry systems, their functions and how to use agroecological production strategies to overcome sustainability challenges.
Agroforestry systems are of global interest, because they are produced primarily by smallholders, of large economic value, and located mostly in biodiverse tropical regions.
Our projects target major trade commodities like cocoa, coffee, and rubber. We use our global site network in Latin America, Africa and Asia to understand how diversified cropping systems can benefit people and the environment. We work with researchers, farmers, industry, policy makers, and NGOs to build a better future of agriculture.
Our work is multidisciplinary and published both, in scientific journals and public media outlets. We aim to provide the best knowledge about cocoa, coffee, and other agroforestry crops to the scientific community, the public, and policy makers. In regular workshops, we identify important questions in agroforestry research.
For an up to date overview of our publications on agroforestry systems take a look at the Global Agroforestry Network Google Scholar Profile.
We are using our findings to inform the public and the people on the ground with public seminars and workshops. Our network of NGOs helps to dissemniate knowledge to the farmers.
Please feel free to get in touch if you need further information or want to collaborate.
Head Office Contact
Associate Professor Thomas C. Wanger
Sustainability, Agriculture & Technology Laboratory
Westlake University, China
Email: Infos & Enquiries