Agroforestry in Southern Africa - new Pathways of innovative land use systems under a changing climate

Climate change is already a measurable reality generating significant social, economic and environmental challenges, impacting sustainable development around the globe. The African continent is most vulnerable to the forecasted change in global climate, southern Africa in particular will face severe challenges within the upcoming decades. Innovative, flexible and improved land use systems are expected to be part of the adaptive solution, mitigating the effects of a changing climate and positively influencing agriculture and food security under altered conditions. The BMBF funded research project ‘Agroforestry in Southern Africa - new Pathways of innovative land use systems under a changing climate’ incorporating partners from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia alongside researchers from Germany, targets the employment of agroforestry systems (AFS), as an appropriate response to climate change. ASAP aims at investigating ecosystem services as well as socio-economic and environmental benefits of AFS in the southern Africa region. The chosen transdisciplinary approach to investigate the biophysical environment and ecosystem services in conjunction with socio- economic aspects of AFS will help develop a better understanding of a range of possible solutions using AFS for varied agro-climatic zones and landscape scales. The exploration of human-environment interactions within AFS is a major focus with the intention of facilitating a sustainable improvement to rural livelihood utilising AFS. Project outputs will be disseminated to practitioners and researchers through local facilitators in the framework of workshops, lectures and practical guidance in order to establish a paradigm shift.

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Grant number: 0LL1803 (2018- 2021) 

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