We live in a scary world. Scary because we have lost more forest than we have remaining, scary because we have more degraded land than arable land, and scary that energy scarcity affects one third of the world’s population.
And how crazy is it that there are more people with mobile phones than have toilets?
So in sharing my vision with you on how agroforestry can help solve some of the persistent and perennial problems of our world, I would like to leave you with three key messages. But first a reminder of what agroforestry is. Put simply, agroforestry is about trees in agricultural landscapes. It is often hailed as the perfect marriage of agriculture and forestry, with beneficial combinations that are more profitable, more sustainable and more resilient than their individual components.