Southern Africa is facing several challenges within the upcoming decades in the light of climate change that will negatively influence people and agriculture and new solutions to reduce these effects are needed. ASAP targets the employment of agroforestry systems as a potential response. The project aims at investigating the ecosystem services and environmental benefits of agroforestry systems (AFS) as an innovative, multi-purpose land-use management practice in southern Africa. A special focus will be the exploration of human-environment interactions within AFS systems and its benefits for rural livelihoods. A primary goal for the envisaged project is the education of students and exchange of early stage researchers. Project output will be disseminated to researchers and practitioners through local facilitators to establish a paradigm shift.