1st World Congress of Agroforestry

Working Together for 
Sustainable Land-use Systems

WCA Newsletter Issue 3, February 2004


27 June to 02 July 2004, Orlando, Florida USA


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


Registration Deadline is March 31

Register by the March 31 deadline
for the 1st World Congress of Agroforestry to ensure a place in various sessions and to avoid higher registration fees.

Those registering by March 31 pay $500; students with valid identification pay $250. After the deadline, the standard registration fee is $550, $275 for students. By meeting the registration deadline, participants ensure their participation in concurrent sessions and pre-Congress workshops. Enrollment in workshops is limited.

To register, select "Registration" from the index on the Congress website. The registration section allows you to choose either an online or a printable registration form with payment options. 

Be sure to make your reservations soon at the Hilton Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where the Congress will be held. Reservations can be made on the Congress website by clicking on the button labeled "accommodations." A new "share-a-room" tool has been added to this section.

Obtaining a U.S. visa

Congress registrants who are citizens of countries other than the United States may need to obtain a U.S. visa and should begin application procedures as soon as possible.

A new "Travel Information" page has been added to the Congress website:


This web page provides useful information for foreign visitors to the United States. It consolidates U.S. visa and travel information and includes links to appropriate U.S. government sites.

Sessions Feature Diverse Topics & Speakers

Concurrent oral sessions offer a variety of topics related to agroforestry by leading researchers from throughout the world. Other program events include six keynote lectures, eight symposia, two poster sessions, several satellite events, and field trips. For details please visit the Congress website.

Session Titles and Organizers

Agroforestry adoption — E. Mercer, U.S. Forest Service
Agroforestry and food security —
M. Bannister, Univ. Florida, USA

Agroforestry, carbon sequestration, and landscape ecology in Western Europe — H. Huettl, Technical Univ. of Cottbus, Germany
Agroforestry education — A. Temu, ICRAF, Kenya; M. Jacobson, Penn State Univ., USA
Agroforestry for health and nutrition (AIDS/HIV) — B. Swallow, ICRAF
Agroforestry in semiarid regions — A. Niang, ICRAF
Biodiversity — G. Schroth, CIFOR, Brazil; J. McNeely, IUCN, Switzerland
Biophysical interactions — S. Jose, Univ. Florida
Carbon sequestration and environmental benefits — L. Verchot, ICRAF; B. Swallow, ICRAF
Climate change — L. Verchot, ICRAF
Decision support tools — E. Ellis, Univ. Florida
Eco-agriculture — S. Scherr, Future Harvest, USA
Economic analysis — J. Alavalapati, Univ. Florida
Environmental amelioration — V. Nair, Univ. Florida
Land tenure and gender issues — F. Place, ICRAF
Land owners’ session — C. Elevitch, Agroforestry Net, Inc. USA; M. Bannister, Univ. Florida
Local agroforestry knowledge in global context — F. Sinclair, Univ. Wales, UK; L. Joshi, ICRAF
Managing genetic diversity — K. Atta-Krah, IPGRI, Kenya; F. Place, ICRAF
Mechanization in agroforestry — M. Denich, Center for Development Research, Univ. Bonn, Germany
Medicinal and aromatic plants — M. Palada, Univ. Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands
Policy & institutions — O. Onokpise, Florida A&M Univ., USA
Poverty alleviation and sustainability — G. Murray, Univ. Florida
Scaling up of agroforestry benefits — S. Franzel, ICRAF
Short rotation woody crops, phytoremediation — D. Rockwood, Univ. Florida
Small farm soil fertility management strategies — B. Jama, ICRAF
Tree and component management — B. Wight, NRCS, USA; S. Allen, Univ. Florida
Tree domestication — R. Leakey, James Cook Univ., Australia
Trees in fragmented landscapes — F. Sinclair, Univ. Wales; C. Harvey, CATIE, Costa Rica
Tropical homegardens — B. M. Kumar, Kerala Agricultural Univ., India