Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Agroforestry

This module provides an overview of agroforestry systems; it also describes how to identify the most appropriate agroforestry system and to design, adapt, establish and manage it. A section on the “enabling environment” is targeted primarily at policymakers, including national and local authorities. 

Coffee is among the most traded commodities and has major economic relevance for many coffee exporting countries. Over 125 Mio. people worldwide depend on coffee production for their livelihood. But changing climate conditions are already causing immense hardship for many of these producers. Coffee eco-systems are highly vulnerable to changing...
This paper analyses the forces and barriers influencing the development of agroforestry systems in Brazil. It examines the effects of public policies on the development of agroforestry systems based on lessons learned in successful agroforestry development experiences and numerous conservation projects. It also discusses government implementation, demonstration projects, and the...
This document demonstrates the role of agroforestry in sustainable resource conservation through a case study in Haiti. It suggests agroforestry as a sustainable solution based on an analysis of the current situation of natural resource degradation. It also presents lessons learned and recommendations for the future.
In the Nyando basin in Western Kenya, climate change and variability are already evident. Droughts, floods and unpredictable rainfall have increased, affecting agriculture and food security. CCAFS East Africa is working with partners in Western Kenya to test a portfolio of interventions that will help farmers to address climate risks...
This book chapter (#4) presents the potential of tropical homegardens as sustainable local agroforestry systems, with a case study in Nicaragua. It concludes that homegardens can a sustainable approach in terms of productivity, diversity and efficiency.
This film explains what agroforestry is and the myriad of contributions that it has made to Uganda. It starts in the highlands of Kabale, where trees on farms prevented landslides and floods, provided fruit to villagers and made their agriculture more sustainable. It then roams to the parklands of northern...
This FAO publication synthesizes information on the use, yield and socioeconomic impacts of agroforestry practice in Malawi and Zambia. It suggests that agroforestry is a promising approach to “climate-smart agriculture” for smallholder farmers, increasing yields and mitigating climate change. Key constraints and needs for further research are discussed.
This review demonstrates that collective action can be used as an institutional arrangement for improving market access for smallholder producers of agroforestry products based on the experience in Cameroon. Key lessons learned for the success of collective action include farmers’ own motivation, a favourable environment, and the inclusion of social...
This case study illustrates agroforestry systems as a form of sustainable agriculture in Bolivia. It shows that agroforestry systems play an important role in vulnerable agricultural communities by mitigating climate change, reducing deforestation and, most importantly, combating rural poverty and hunger.
This video presents the changes related to the new forest code in Brazil and the ways this affects the family farmers life. The video tells how farmers found in degraded areas the opportunity for agroforestry and restoration, specially when in permanent preservation areas and legal reserves (the video is...
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