The Partnership to Create an EverGreen Agriculture Inaugural Newsletter Issue
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Dear Colleague, 

In today’s world, EverGreen Agriculture is a pretty unconventional concept. Agricultural cropland covers 1.3 billion hectares globally. But these croplands are generally seen as mono-cultures of annual species, such as maize or wheat, with no role for trees or other perennials in these systems. But the evidence has been rapidly accumulating on many continents that the integration of trees into crop fields (i.e. EverGreen Agriculture) may produce all sorts of benefits to farmers, And there is increasing recognition that it could contribute enormously to addressing the big global challenges of rural poverty alleviation, restoring infertile and degraded farmlands to greater productivity, and making farming more resilient to climate change. These systems also have much greater potential for pulling carbon out of the atmosphere than conventional farming practices, and could thus contribute enormously to reducing atmospheric carbon and to significantly enhancing the biodiversity of agricultural systems.
Read here to find out more!


Dennis Garrity
Chair, EverGreen Agriculture Partnership


This Issue Includes Articles on:

  • Climate Change:
    • Poor nations need support to cut emissions from farming
    • UNCCD Published brief on land-climate nexus
    • More rain  = less trees
    • El Nino causing drought across the Sahel: EverGreen Agriculture resources to fight back
  • Scaling-Up EverGreen Agriculture:
    • All-Africa goal proposed Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration of trees on farmland
    • Eastern and Southern African countries establish initiative to Scale-up fertilizer tree technologies as a component of fertilizer subsidy programs
    • New land degradation neutrality goal to accelerate global restoration efforts
    • Six steps to regreening: development investors called to use EverGreen Agriculture in poverty alleviation programs
    • Webinar series on the latest in EverGreen Agriculture
    • Trees grow like children
  • Temperate EverGreen Agriculture:
    • Restoration Agriculture in the Corn Belt
    • Iowa's climate-change wisdom
  • Evergreen Energy:
    • Creating EverGreen food-energy systems for rural electrification
  • EverGreen Restoration:
    • African forest landscape restoration initiative (AFR100) to be launched in Paris
    • Realizing the vision of forests- how EverGreen Agriculture can contribute
    • A smarter approach to locating African tree species
    • Rwanda's success story on FMNR practices
    • Dreaming of an EverGreen future for the DRC
  • Gender and Youth:
    • Gender influences the nature of agroforestry adoption and training success
    • Where Africa youth fit into the future of agriculture?
EverGreen World Newsletter is designed to help communicate the many lessons we are learning through our network of Partners. Please let us know if there are subjects you would like for us to address in future issues!

Climate Change: The Road to Paris

Poor Nations Need Support to Cut Emissions From Farming


Developing countries can boost food production while reducing planet-warming emissions from agriculture, given the right technologies and financial support to put them into practice. More!

UNCCD Publishes Brief on Land-Climate Nexus

UNCCD has published a brief titled, ‘Land Matters for Climate: Reducing the Gap and Approaching the Target​,' ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France in December 2015. More!
See More: Research from Princeton University published recently has found a relationship between higher rainfall and lower numbers of trees in Savannah ecosystems in Southern Africa. More! According to Climate Central, the highly erratic El Niño effect on weather patterns has affected rainfall across the Sahel and West Africa during 2015. More!

Scaling-Up EverGreen Agriculture

All-Africa Goal Proposed for Scaling-Up Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration of Trees on Farmland

Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is the fastest-growing form of EverGreen Agriculture in Africa. It is especially popular in the drylands where droughts are frequent and intense. Because it requires minimal or no cash investment, it can expand rapidly through farmer-to-farmer and village-to-village diffusion.
Eastern and Southern African Countries Establish Initiative to Scale-Up Fertilizer Tree Technologies as a Component of Fertilizer Subsidy Programs
The member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa have approved a resolution to set up a new initiative to enable their countries build their capacity to link the up-scaling of fertilizer tree technologies with their fertilizer subsidy programs. More!

New Land Degradation Neutrality Goal to Accelerate Global Restoration Efforts

The global community has set forth a new goal to tackle the scourge of land degradation and desertification. It could be a real breakthrough as experienced by UNCCD in October 2015 during discussions and negotiations in Ankara, Turkey. More!

Six Steps to Regreening: Development Investors Called to use Evergreen Agriculture in Poverty Alleviation Programs


The release of a significant report “Scaling Up Regreening: Six Steps to Success, A Practical Approach to Forest and Landscape Restoration” reveals the potential of regreening to support food security and rural development and how to scale it up. More!

See More: Manuel, a proponent of FMNR in Timor-Leste likens trees to children who must be considered and treated well. More!
The latest on EverGreen Agriculture was presented and discussed on November 11, 2015 at the Agroforestry in Action webinar series sponsored by The University of Missouri. See the live stream with slides!

Temperate EverGreen Agriculture

Restoration Agriculture in the Corn Belt

I’ve got to admit that the Corn Belt of the USA was probably the last place in the world where I thought that EverGreen Agriculture could take root. Thus, it was was exhilarating to learn that there are pioneers out there who are grappling with various challenges such as cropping systems, envisioning fresh, new ways of addressing them, and succeeding. More!
Iowa's Climate-Change Wisdom
Far too few climate change negotiators have taken notice of an important proposal called the Four Per Thousand Initiative, which France’s Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry introduced earlier this year. This proposal simply calls for a voluntary action plan to improve organic matter content and promote carbon sequestration in soil through a transition to agro-ecology, agro-forestry, conservation agriculture and landscape management. More!

EverGreen Energy

Creating EverGreen Food-Energy Systems for Rural Electrification

‘All of the planet’s energy originally derives from solar radiation. Trees are one of the most effective ways of harnessing the sun and turning it into usable energy, and trees can do this in a truly renewable way’ notes Philip Dobie and Navin Sharma.  More!

EverGreen Restoration

African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to be Launched in Paris
AFR100 is a pan-African, country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes in Africa under restoration by 2030.  It is a platform for implementation that brings together political commitment with the necessary financial and technical support. More!

Realizing the Vision of Forests – How EverGreen Agriculture can Contribute

The importance of forests in supporting the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals was a key outcome of the recent XIV World Forestry Congress held in South Africa, but how does EverGreen Agriculture fit into this vision?  More!

A Smarter Approach to Locating African Tree Species

What if there was a simpler way of locating suitable tree species rather than the usual time consuming process of surveying, testing and trials and error? Better still, what if you could have the results by just a click of a button? More!
See More: A review of World Vision’s Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) project in East Rwanda has revealed an increase in the rates of adoption from 7,500 to 13,400 smallholder farmers. More! At the start of this year, Patrick Kaka dreamt of trees for his community in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and lots of them! More!

Gender & Youth

Gender Influences the Nature of Agroforestry Adoption and Training Success

Recent studies have highlighted gendered roles and responsibilities impact who can plant what variety of tree and where, who cares for these trees and who benefits from which specific parts of the tree. More!

SEE MORE: Increasing the participation of youth in agriculture is a global challenge. Yet it remains particularly perplexing within an African context. More!



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