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Title Agroforestry parklands in sub-Saharan Africa
Abstract This document attempts to present the current state of knowledge on agroforestry parkland systems. These systems, which for many local populations are very important for food security, income generation and environmental protection, are found primarily in the semi-arid and sub-humid zones of West Africa. The document first provides a thorough description of their distribution and diversity and discusses different ways of classifying them. It also presents data on current trends in parkland development and assesses determining factors. The document then provides an in-depth analysis of biophysical tree-soil-crop interactions and the factors regulating them, and describes various improved parkland management techniques. It goes on to examine the strength and limitations of institutional arrangements as well as the constraints imposed by Sahelian forest policies on the sustainable management of parklands. The production, use and marketing of parkland products is reviewed with an emphasis on their contribution to food security, local and national income as well as social values. Overall costs and benefits of the practice of parkland agroforestry are evaluated. In conclusion, the document identifies crucial research needs and promising avenues for promoting sustainable management of parkland systems.
Year 1999
Job Number X3940/E
Format Book (electronic)
Infotype Book; Case Study;
AGROVOC Africa South of Sahara; Landscape; Landscape conservation; Agroforestry; Multipurpose trees; Land management; Socioeconomic development; Land use; Tenure; Economic value;
Subject Sustainable management of forests and trees