Agroforestry Workshop – Kenya

Role of small holder agroforestry systems in the arid and semi-arid region in combating climate change

Monday, 18th December 2017 to Thursday 21st December, 2017

Kisumu, Kenya


About the Workshop

Agroforestry (AF) has long been practised in traditional and modern agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa as a way to improve soil quality, provide crop diversity and a constant supply of fuel-wood to local communities. Any surplus commodities allow the farmers to earn extra income to meet other domestic needs and sometime start spin-offs agri-businesses. There is enough scientific evidence that AF does provide tangible benefits to communities if practised in a systematic manner. However, climate change (CC) is providing a challenge to these gains due to changing weather patterns exacerbated by unpredictable rainfall patterns as well as long periods of drought. Further, natural forests are under intense pressure from land use changes around them with land fragmentation and lack of tenure being a major culprit. This has led to encroachment of forests leading to loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

AF in combination with smart agriculture, offers short to long-term solutions to reduce local communities’ vulnerability to CC effects through innovative mitigation and adaptation strategies. In order to understand their role in supporting the socioeconomic and environmental sustainability a detail record of their spatial distribution across the landscape is needed. Recent development of satellite sensors such as European Space Agency’s Sentinel series provides a perfect opportunity to fully exploit remote sensing data series to provide a first base map of distribution and condition of the AF system across sub-Saharan Africa. Monitoring of this AF system over time with satellite data along with climatic and environmental data will help us to understand their role in combating climate change while providing the required ecosystem services. This workshop is timely as the try to address issues related to climate change and sustainable development in this region and fits directly with the recently launched Climate Act and National Forestry Programme in Kenya. The workshop will be held in Kisumu, Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria.


The main objective of the workshop is to develop a sustainable network of researchers across the three countries to underrated the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of the Agroforestry system in Arid and semi-arid region and evaluate of potential of satellite remote sensing for systematic monitoring of this ecosystem.

Specific objectives are:

1. To share experiences of successful agroforestry interventions within and around the Forest-Agriculture Interfaces (AFI) and Arid And Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) ecosystem landscapes in relation to climate change (CC)

2. To discuss scientific tools (e.g. GIS, Remote Sensing & Satellite imagery analysis) and methods for carrying out, analysing & modelling CC evidence based process research

3. Explore the opportunities provided by the Sentinel satellites for routine monitoring of AFI

4. To understand the economic valuation of climate change mitigation & adaptation strategies using social, human and economic capital with a focus on AF.

5. To contribute to the global road map to reach climate finance targets e.g. the Green Bonds (GBs) Markets.

6. To discuss ways of enhancing environmental literacy with an aim to influence curriculum and policy changes in devolved systems of forest governance

7. To understand ways of developing a business case (s) for AF practices in different scenarios.

8. To define capacity building needs to enable countries act, addressing loss and damage associated with climate change.

9. Identify suitable funding mechanism (e.g. Global challenge Research Fund) and develop a framework for submitting research proposal to such funds. These will be achieved through a series of seminars and working group discussions during the workshop.

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