Time is right for nature at ICSD NY

This week from Wednesday September 25 till Friday 28, reNature Foundation will be present at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development in New York. Its co-founder Felipe Villela presents his research on soil water and temperature resilience of agroforestry systems.

The research by Felipe Villela (Br) and Geoffroy Damant (B) shows that water content in Syntropic Agriculture was found to be on average 13% higher than in cocoa monoculture. Where temporal soil temperature was lowest in the rainforest, intermediate in Syntropic Agriculture and highest in monoculture land.

These findings indicate that Syntropic Agriculture markedly improves soil water and temperature dynamics over monoculture, and suggest that it is at least as performant as natural succession at restoring a healthy water cycle on degraded soils in the humid tropics.

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). http://ic-sd.org

During the week of the event,​ Felipe Villela will also give a workshop about the ​urban use of agroforestry systems at Agritecture.

Agritecture and reNature are combining forces to accelerate urban agroforestry knowledge. ReNature will be providing Agritecture with their global know-how on agroforestry methods. Agritecture will use this knowledge to develop a new economic model for measuring the incremental value of urban agroforestry, in order to provide new farmers with even more ecological options to plan their urban agriculture business. 

Having recently seen first-hand the potential for agroforestry to produce an abundance of food in and near cities through reNatures agroforestry workshop in Rio De Janiero, Agritecture is proud to partner with another mission-driven organization to accelerate a global dialogue on ecological urban farming. Our shared vision is that, when quantified in business terms, there will be a strong case for new urban farmers to consider low-tech and ecological methods of agriculture like agroforestry when planning how to invest their time and money. Agritecture's Founder Henry Gordon-Smith


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