Planting trees in farms world-wide feeds more people, generates more income and helps climate

Trees for Life, the World Congress on Agroforestry, 10-14 February 2014, Delhi, India

February 2014

More than 1000 participants drawn from the private, research, and development sectors will share the current state of knowledge on the financial, environmental and social benefits of agroforestry (the practice of growing useful trees on farms and in landscapes) during the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), together with the Indian Society of Agroforestry, are organizing the Congress, aimed at accelerating the contribution that trees can make to world development.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, will give the inaugural address on Monday 10 February 2014 from 12:00 pm at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, the premier convention centre of the Government of India in New Delhi. The President will be backed up by several ministers from his government.

World-renown scientist, M.S. Swaminathan will give a keynote address on the contributions that agroforestry is making to development, especially in India. Breakout sessions will discuss agroforestry systems, income and environmental benefits, climate change, livestock and fish systems

Offering a unique opportunity for the business and development communities to interact, the Congress deals with science and innovation; food and nutrition; environmental protection; enterprise; the knowledge and policy environment; and climate change.

Howard Shapiro, Chief Agronomist at Mars Incorporated, will lead a discussion on the science that underpins the business of agroforestry, with contributions from, among others, the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Inc.

Dennis Garrity, a Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, will chair a panel discussing the integration of science, business and the Sustainable Development Goals, aided by a panel of senior business leaders such as Harish Bhat, the CEO of Tata Global Beverages.

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For full details of speakers and sessions see:

Media are welcome to attend the conference by registering at the conference secretariat located at:
Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi
1,CBD, Maharaja Surajmal Road
near Yamuna Sports Complex
110032, Delhi

You can also contact Daniel Kapsoot ( or the Conference secretariat on, Tel +91 124 497 4180 or chat on Skype. 
Our Skype ID is live:support.mci (0930 hrs. to 1830 hrs. GMT+05:30)

Media briefing

Media briefings will be held on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 11:00 am with speakers from the opening plenary session including Howard Yana-Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Group and other key business leaders.

Media Room

The assigned Media Room has been set up at the Kempinski Ambience, Hotel New Delhi. It will offer limited internet access for accredited media and broadcasters. As the Media Room will be entirely paperless, no printers or paper will be provided. All attending media representatives will be required to bring their own flash-drives for downloading of information from the web. Additional dedicated Internet access is also available on a pay-per-use basis at the venue. All press statements, speeches and announcements will be disseminated through the Media Room and through this website.

Media Accommodation

Media are responsible for their own accommodation and hotel reservations. They must comply with the terms and conditions of booking for each hotel, including payment and cancellation. All visiting media will enjoy the same privileged rates as attending Summit delegates at the assigned conference hotels. The rates will be published here and are on a first come first serve basis, and are subjected to availability. The media are strongly encouraged to confirm their hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Responsibility of Personal Belongings and Storage

The Congress Organiser is not liable for any loss of or damage to real or personal property (including loss of use of that property) however caused. Please note that there are no storage facilities available for media equipment during the Summit.

Dress Code

Media dress code at the World Congress on Agroforestry is Business Attire.The World Congress on Agroforestry is organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the World Agroforestry Centre, which is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Indian Society of Agroforestry and Global Initiatives For further details, see or email

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Kapsoot ( +91 7838083713
Paul Stapleton ( +254 717718387
Rameshwar Singh ( +91 1125846557
Sarah Anderson ( +65 6411 6612


Vigyan Bhavan & Kempinski Ambience

10 - 14 February 2014 Delhi, India
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