1st World Congress of Agroforestry

Working Together for 
Sustainable Land-use Systems

WCA Newsletter Issue 1, October 2003


27 June to 02 July 2004, Orlando, Florida USA


Conference Web Site: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/wca


WCA Speakers Confirmed

We are excited to announce that
the following world leaders will speak during the Congress.

Norman Borlaug Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1970; well known for spearheading the Green Revolution that avoided large-scale hunger in many parts of the world.

M.S. Swaminathan – An outstanding and widely acknowledged world leader in agriculture and natural resources; leader of India’s Green Revolution; recognized by TIME magazine as one of the top 20 most influential individuals of Asia during the 20th century.

Pedro Sanchez – The 2002 World Food Prize laureate; former ICRAF Director-General; currently at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, N.Y; Coordinator for the Hunger Task Force of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Project.

Other leading professionals from throughout the world will participate in the technical program, which includes eight symposia, more than 20 sessions, and two poster sessions. More than 500 abstracts on a variety of agroforestry topics have been received for oral/poster presentations.

Congress Compendium

New Vistas in Agroforestry: A
Compendium for the 1
st World Congress of Agroforestry
, 2004; edited by P. K. R. Nair, M. R. Rao, and L. E. Buck; Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands. The compendium, consisting of 30 invited, state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed chapters will be available at the Congress. This promises to be a significant contribution to the knowledge base of agroforestry.

Chairman's Message

Greetings to all interested in the 1st World Congress of Agro-forestry (WCA)!

This is the first of a series of several short electronic newsletters through which we will share the status and developments in organizing the Congress. The objective is to generate and enhance interest in attending and contributing to WCA; so please share this with your colleagues.

As the name states, this is the first time such a Congress is being organized. It will bring together agroforestry researchers, educators, technology-transfer specialists, and practitioners from all parts of the globe. Agroforestry offers important opportunities for sustainable land management and conservation of natural resources. The unique opportunity offered by the Congress for interaction and information-exchange should not be missed; so we request the cooperation of all in promoting WCA!


P.K. Nair, Chair, WCA Global Organizing Committee

Sponsors Worldwide Support the Congress

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the Congress
sponsors. Current (confirmed) sponsors include the following:

Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA)
Center for Subtropical Agroforestry (CSTAF)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United  Nations (FAO), Forestry Department
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation  on Agriculture (IICA)
Mars, Incorporated
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA
Rural Industries Research and Development
Corporation (RIRDC Australia)
University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (US/IFAS)
University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
USDA-CSREES Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program
USDA Forest Service, International Programs
USDA Forest Service - Research
USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
World Agroforestry Centre/International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Kenya
ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany

Financial assistance, either directly to the Congress secretariat or indirectly to sponsor travel and participation of attendees especially from developing countries, is solicited. If you are interested in becoming involved by providing financial support or in any other manner, please contact: Dr. P.K. Nair, Congress Chair, pknair@ufl.edu

Electronic Updates on Congress are Available

The Congress is steadily receiving increasing attention. If you are interested in receiving program updates, email your request to: mrpadgett@ifas.ufl.edu