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BOOK LAUNCH: NEW Agroforestry Manual Aims to Help Transform Food Systems

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A farmer tends a pepper orchard in southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.Photo by Yusuf Ahmad/ICRAF

The International Center for Forestry Research – Global Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) has published a new manual on agroforestry.

Agroforestry has been used by farmers around the world for thousands of years as it has proven to be a sustainable way to manage land, grow crops, produce livestock and ensure a good livelihood for farmers. I have practiced agroforestry for some time. Scientists have formally recognized the many values ​​of agroforestry since the 1970s. We are now entering the ‘mainstream’ debate on how to meet the challenges of climate change, reverse biodiversity loss and ensure food security. Many organizations now recommend it as a tool for restoring landscapes.

But as the manual’s authors emphasize, agroforestry is not a simple technical fix, nor is it “just a matter of adding more trees to the farm.” Advocates of agroforestry should increase farmers’ incomes, livelihoods and incentives to make the transition to sustainable agriculture towards biodiverse, inclusive, resilient and safe food systems. should pay attention to. “We see a lot of afforestation projects that focus more on planting trees than managing trees,” said senior scientist at ICRAF and scientific adviser to the Global Landscape Forum (GLF). Co-editor Anja Gassner said. “Too often, farmers are seen as beneficiaries of agroforestry and restoration projects rather than as partners, and their needs, aspirations and capabilities are not given due consideration.”

That is why this publication was written: Rather than providing another ‘how-to’ manual prescribing a technology package, farmers and their advocates are encouraged to apply the principles of agroforestry in the light of their local context. A guide to help you build your ability to do it. goals and aspirations. Assisting farmers to implement agroforestry, including extension workers, planners, managers, agroforestry researchers, trainers, teachers, students and professionals working on projects and programs using agroforestry. We aim to guide professionals who

This publication includes contributions from leading agroforestry experts in the tropics. Philip Dobie, Senior His Fellow at ICRAF and co-editor of the publication, said: This manual covers the main components of an agroforestry system. How agroforestry promotes soil health and conservation. principles of agroforestry design; co-design and establishment of agroforestry practices; planting material; and tree management. It also presents general characteristics of several widely used agroforestry practices, including tree-based annual crops. livestock with trees; multistrata perennial agroforestry; cocoa agroforestry; oil palm agroforestry; and rainforest agriculture. Finally, we provide a series of comprehensive case studies to show how farmers and those who support them have applied the principles and concepts described in the manual.

CIFOR-ICRAF Chief Scientist Fergus Sinclair said: land and water resources. We hope that farmers and extension workers will embrace the principles contained in this book and implement them to realize health and environmental benefits alike. ”

The book will be presented at the CIFOR-ICRAF session “Unlocking the full potential of trees for adaptation and resilience” at the GLF Africa Digital Conference on September 15th.

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