Agroforestry and trees allow for a diversification of agricultural production. This simple concept is reflected by incorporating trees with farming into tree-based farming. More we diversify the system, less there are problems with pests. It is necessary to enhance the system from within to control the problems that exist rather than imposing external solutions. This is an important message for the establishment of home gardens for food security. The small scale farmers possess limited lands and their productivity is limited due to the cost of inorganic chemicals to control the pests. Hence the best solution to the aggravation of pests and minimize the use of inorganic toxic chemicals is moving towards tree based farming.
Links and resources:
International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
FAO Forestry Department
Learning event on Agroforestry