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29 October 2019 (16:00 – 17:30 CET) - Register here

09:00 – 10:30 Panama/Lima (EST)

10:00 – 11:30 Washington DC and NY (EDT)

17:00 – 18:30 Nairobi (EAT)

Agroforestry is gaining new ground in the quest for climate-smart agriculture practices, due to its ability to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while increasing the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of rural development. However, insecure land and resource tenure is still representing a major obstacle to its promotion and upscaling. 


Considerable research has established that the likelihood of farmers being able to adopt and reap benefits from agroforestry increases if they have long-term, secure tenure to a sufficiently large area of land and what grows on it. Clarifying land-use policies and regulations, and securing farmers’ access to land is, therefore, a prerequisite for agroforestry to be widely adopted by rural communities and maximize its potential to effectively contribute to global challenges, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Join us on 29 October 2019 (16:00 – 17:30 CET) to explore how land-tenure challenges influence the adoption of agroforestry systems and how this fits in the larger framework of upscaling agroforestry. Following a general overview of the main tenure-related challenges, FAO tenure, forestry and agriculture experts will share some concrete examples from the field, jointly exploring solutions and recommendations to address and overcome tenure-related barriers to promote agroforestry adoption in different contexts, including as a mitigation measure under REDD+ and action to achieve national commitments under the Paris Agreement.  

We invite you to participate interactively, post your questions and share your own views to enrich the discussion. After the webinar session and until Tuesday 5th of November exchanges on the topic will continue through the “Discussion Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance”, moderated by one of the panel members. Become a member to be able to participate in this exciting exchange of views!

In preparation for the webinar, we invite you to take a look at the publication “Agroforestry and tenure” recently released by FAO and accessible here.

The participation space for this webinar is limited. Please register here to ensure your spot.

Communication tool: Zoom Webinar (download, or via web)



Speakers/ Commentators

Opening and welcome from the Discussion group on REDD+ and forest governance (3 minutes)

Dgroup support team

Setting the context: agroforestry, tenure in a changing climate(7 minutes)

Mr. Simone Borelli, Agroforestry Officer, FAO

Addressing tenure security in Agroforestry: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, Global Standard for Good Governance of Tenure (12 min)

Ms. Francesca Romano, Land Tenure Officer, FAO

To plant or not to plant trees? Agroforestry adoption in diverse tenures contexts, some indications from the field

(12 min)

Ms. Safia Aggarwal, Forestry Tenure Officer, FAO

Agroecology: Fostering improved access to land and natural resources (12 min)

Mr. Edmundo Barrios, Agricultural Officer, FAO



Questions, reactions and open discussion:

(25 mins)

Mr. Simone Borelli

Poll & evaluation

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Wrap up

Mr. Simone Borelli


The webinar is organized in the framework of the “Discussion Group on REDD+ and Forest Governance”, hosted by the FAO, with support from the UN-REDD Programme.

Want to participate to the follow-up exchanges and stay periodically informed on REDD+ and Forests Governance challenges and opportunities? Become a member of the Dgroup!  Discussions are held in English, Spanish and French. We have now reached about 800 members.


Biographies of Speakers and Commentators

Mr. Simone Borelli, Agroforestry Officer, FAO

Simone Borelli holds a degree in Forestry from the University of Tuscia, Italy, and a M.Sc. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona and a postgraduate degree in Public Management from the University of London. He has worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for over 20 years in various positions and is currently responsible for the Agroforestry and Urban Forestry programs in the Forest Department. In this capacity, he provides technical support to FAO field projects, provides advice on policies to member countries and develops technical publications. He was one of the creators and organizers of the first World Forum on Urban Forests. In addition to FAO, he has also worked for the WWF, IPGRI (now Bioversity) and - as a consultant - for public institutions and the private sector.


Ms. Francesca Romano, Land Tenure Officer, FAO

Francesca Romano is a Land Tenure Officer at FAO Rome, where since 2010 she has been a member of the VGGT Secretariat. She has over 15 years of experience in land and forest tenure, with experience in Africa and Asia, with particular focus on Customary and Indigenous Tenure, responsible land based investments and capacity development for state and non-state actors. She has a background in conservation biology, and natural resources management.


Ms. Safia Aggarwal, Forestry Tenure Officer, FAO

Safia Aggarwal is a Forestry Officer at FAO Rome. Her primary focus is on strengthening tenure rights of local communities and smallholders to forests and forest resources to foster sustainable forest management. Prior to her work with FAO, she worked with Tetra Tech ARD where she provided technical and management support to USAID programs strengthening customary rights of vulnerable populations including women. Her main interests are in promoting human rights and livelihood concerns in natural resource management, and enhancing understanding of critical property rights issues to that end.

Mr. Edmundo Barrios, Agricultural Officer, FAO

Edmundo Barrios is an Agricultural Officer at FAO. He provides technical and policy-related advice on ecosystem management, soil health & biodiversity that supports agroecological transitions to sustainable agriculture and food systems. He led the FAO Agroecology team in the development of the publication entitled “The 10 Elements of Agroecology: Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems” released during the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology held in Rome at FAO-HQ in April 2018.

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