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25 April 2024

Policy brief launch: Agroforestry in Ukraine

Seven Reasons to Invest in Agroforestry for Post-war Reconstruction and Reform Efforts in Ukraine

Sagebrush grass on the summer meadow at Poltavs'ka oblast, Ukraine, Poltavs'kyi district. Photo by obv_design/ Unpslash

Welcome to the presentation of the report Seven reasons to invest in agroforestry for post-war reconstruction and reform efforts in Ukraine. Organised by Agroforestry Network in Sweden and its partner organizations in solidarity with Ukraine.

Are you a development practitioner, policymaker or researcher engaging in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, rural livelihoods or perhaps food security? Are you interested in the situation in Ukraine and post-war recovery?

Main presenter: Margot Wallström, Co-chairman, President Zelenskyjs’ group for reconstruction in Ukraine


09.30 Coffee and sandwich
10.00 Introduction and welcome – Charlotta Szczepanowski, General Secretary of Vi-skogen
10.05 Presentation of launch – Moderator Matthew Fielding, Head of Project Communications and Impact, SEI
10.10 Margot Wallström, Programme to address the massive environmental damage caused by Russia to Ukraine – Environment and climate
10.30 Summarizing the brief – Marine Elbadzike, one of the authors of the brief, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) / Södertörn University / Ivan Franco (National University of Lviv)
10.40 Speaker, to be announced
10.50 Questions from the audience
11.00 Panel with Ganna Lobchenko, NULES, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine / WWF-Ukraine, Marine Elbakidze, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) / Södertörn University / Ivan Franco (National University of Lviv), Maksym Matsala, SLU Alnarp and Svitlana Sydorenko, Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration (URIFFM), Kharkiv).

11.40 Summary
12.00 Closing

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(no later than April 22)

The policy brief in short:

Agroforestry is a multifunctional land-use system that integrates woody vegetation with crops and animal production, which can improve the resilience of yields and livelihoods and contribute significantly to environmental sustainability. This policy brief has been compiled by Agroforestry Network and its partner organizations in solidarity with Ukraine. It highlights seven reasons to invest in agroforestry for post-war recovery, green transition and integration of Ukraine into the European Union.
A range of current needs and recommendations across development perspectives, research, legislative, and networking/dialogue, are also presented to support the expansion of agroforestry – both to strengthen resilience in this time of war, but also long term, to mitigate and adapt to the climate and biodiversity crises. Ukrainian actors from different sectors have been involved, and also suggested ideas for potential bilateral collaboration as well as contact details (the appendix) to actors in the sector of agroforestry in Ukraine and Sweden.


From 25 April 2024 at 10:00 to 25 April 2024 at 12:00


Hybrid format, and Hörsalen Medelhavsmuseet

Hosted by

Emma Larsson (