1st World Congress of Agroforestry

Working Together for 
Sustainable Land-use Systems

WCA Newsletter Issue 2, December 2003


27 June to 02 July 2004, Orlando, Florida USA


Congress Website: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/wca


Abstract Submissions

The Congress Secretariat received more than 700 voluntary abstracts from all over the world. This large number of submissions underscores the worldwide interest in this Congress. There will be six concurrent oral sessions; the vast majority will, however, be presented as posters.

Sub-plenary Speakers

Speakers for the Congress Sub-plenary Symposia have been scheduled to introduce the technical sessions of the Congress. Topics and speakers are:

Biodiversity: J. McNeely and G. Schroth

Ecological Basis of North American Agroforestry: A. Gordon

Market-based Agroforestry: D. Russell

Carbon Sequestration and Environmental Benefits: F. Montagnini

Water Issues: G. Ruark

Agroforestry and Food Security:
The FAO, represented by S. Sadio

Technology Transfer: M. Gold and H.E. Garret

Public-Private Partnerships: H. Shapiro and E. Rosenquist

Travel Tips for Registrants

Congress registrants who are citizens of countries other than the United States may need to obtain a U.S. visa.

To obtain information specifically related to your country's or region’s visa process, application and travel requirements, visit the following Website and then the country/city link to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.


International Experts to Speak at Congress

The Congress will feature plenary lectures by several world leaders in agriculture, natural resources, and environment.

The speakers and topics are:

Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prizewinner and leading figure in the Green Revolution. Inaugural address: "Agriculture and the Environment – Bridging the Divide through Agroforestry."

M.S. Swaminathan, world leader in agriculture and natural resources and leading figure in the Green Revolution. Topic: Enhancement of the Environmental Landscape.

Jim Moseley, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S.D.A. (Invited). Topic:

Policy, Social and Institutional Issues of Agroforestry.

Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Topic: The Improvement of Rural Livelihoods.

Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize laureate and former ICRAF Director-General. Topic: Agroforestry Science and Education.

Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. Topic: Agroforestry: The Next 25 Years.

Early Registration Deadline: Dec. 31, 2003

Early registration deadline for the 1st World Congress of Agroforestry is December 31, 2003, and registrants are encouraged to meet this deadline to take advantage of the reduced registration fee and to insure participation in the Congress.

The early registration fee is $450 for regular participants, a $50-savings over regular registration and a $100 savings over late registration. Students save $25 to $50 by meeting the Dec. 31 deadline.

Registrants will receive a printed copy and CD-ROM of the abstract book, a canvas tote bag, a half-day field trip on June 30, and an excursion to SeaWorld July 1, 2004.

The registration fee also includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the Sunday evening welcome reception, boxed lunch on Monday, and a morning coffee and an afternoon nonalcoholic beverage daily.

Early registration is encouraged to insure participation in one of two concurrent, pre-Congress workshop, one on silvopastoral practices, the other on the Decision Support Systems in Agroforestry (SEADSS). These workshops accept a limited number of participants.

To register for the Congress, visit the Website

http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/WCA/ and select "registration" from the menu. The registration section will allow you to select either an online or a printable registration form with several payment options.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year