Here’s a pretty good article from the Guardian on Agroforestry, mostly based on research / findings from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). It’s good to see more and more news showing up in the mainstream media. Having tracked agroforestry-related articles over the years, they seem to be getting increasingly informed and in-depth.
How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries
Agroforestry has multiple benefits, it’s important that they are raised in food security debates so that they can reach their potential
By Casper van Vark
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Agroforestry – the integration of trees and shrubs with crops and livestock systems – has strong potential in addressing problems of food insecurity in developing countries. Done well, it allows producers to make the best use of their land, can boost field crop yields, diversify income, and increase resilience to climate change.
To date, the uptake of agroforestry has been constrained partly because it has lacked a natural ‘home’ in policy space, but that may be changing thanks to a growing body of evidence of what it can achieve, and how to make it work. The FAO last month published a guide to advancing agroforestry on the policy agenda with case studies of best practice, and is due to hold a conference on forests and food security and nutrition in May.
“In recent years we’ve seen increasing interest in agroforestry as an important component of sustainable land use and development,” says Douglas McGuire, team leader on the FAO’s Forest Resources Management team. “The many advantages it offers are being better understood.”
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