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[Ambassador report] FREE REPORT: BENEFITS FROM AGROFORESTRY

by Meena Pandey | 11-01-2021 18:59 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Agroforestry applies to private agricultural and forest lands and communities. These are highly disturbed, human-dominated land-use systems. Targets include highly-erodible, flood-prone, economically marginal and environmentally sensitive lands. The typical situation is agricultural, where trees are added to create desired benefits. Our goal is to restore essential processes needed for ecosystem health and sustainability, rather than to restore natural ecosystems. Agroforestry provides strong incentives for adoption of conservation practices and alternative land uses, and supports a collaborative watershed analysis approach to management of landscapes containing mixed ownerships, vegetation types and land uses. 

Possible impacts of Agroforestry

·Controlling poverty through increased income by  higher production of agroforestry products for home consumption and market.

· Food security by restoring farm soil fertility for food crops and production of fruits, vegetables, nuts and edible oils.

*    Empowerment to women farmers and other less-advantaged rural residents whose rights to land are insecure through better negotiations.

*  Reducing deforestation and pressure on forest by providing fuelwood grown on farms.

Increasing buffering capacity of farmers against the effects of global climate change on- farm tree crops and tree cover.

*   Improving soil health of the farm through ameliorated micro-climate and nutrition level.

   Augmenting accessibility to medicinal trees for cure of common and complex diseases.

 Benefits from Agroforestry 

Environment Benefits: Combining trees with food crops on cropland farms yield certain important environment benefits, both general ecological benefits and specific on-site benefits. The general ecological benefits include:

(i)     Reduction of pressure on forest.

(ii)   More efficient recycling of nutrients by deep-rooted trees on the site.

(iii) Better protection of ecological systems.

(iv)  Reduction of surface run-off, nutrient leaching and soil erosion through impending effect of tree roots and stems of these processes.

(v)   Improvement of microclimate, such as lowering of soil surface temperature and reduction of evaporation of soil moisture through a combination of mulching and shading.

(vi)  Increment in soil nutrients through addition and decomposition of litter-fall

(vii)  Improvement of soil structure through the constant addition of organic matter from decomposed litter.

 Economic Benefits: Agroforestry systems on croplands/farmlands bring significant economic benefits to the farmer, the community, the region or the nation. Such benefits may include:

(i)     Increment in an maintenance of outputs of food, fuelwood, fodder, fertilizer and timber;

(ii)    Reduction in incidence of total crop failure, common to single-cropping or monoculture system; and

(iii)    Increase in levels of farm incomes due to improved and sustained productivity. 

Social Benefits: Besides the economics benefits, social benefits occur from increase in crop and tree product yields and in the sustainability of these products. These benefits include

(i)    improvement in rural living standards from sustained employment and higher incomes;
(ii)    improvement in nutrition and health due to increased quality and diversity of food outputs; and
(iii)    stabilization and improvement of upland communities through elimination of the need to shift sites of farm activities.

5 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings meena sis
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-02-2021 15:34

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Meena!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Warm greetings from Korea!
    Thank you for sharing your report on the agriculture industry that enables sustainable farming.
    It shows a broad story about Agroforestry.
    It is an eco-friendly fusion farming method that combines tropical fruit trees growing in forest and agriculture using land near forests, which can restore biodiversity and increase adaptability to climate change.
    This concept is unfamiliar, but if it proves its efficacy compared to existing agriculture, it will be more interested.
    Hope things are fine with you.
    Keep writing!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 18-01-2021 04:48

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Meena,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thank you so much for sharing your report and emphasizing the advantages of agroforestry.
    I think it is the first time that one shares a report about agroforestry during the term,
    so it was very interesting and quite new to me.
    The main objective and the essence of agroforestry should never be neglected,
    and moreover, the existing ecosystem should never be negatively affected.
    It seems that agroforestry can solve the possible food crisis, and provide a farm-culture to everyone.
    It would be nice if you tell us the location of an example!

    Keep writing

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 15-01-2021 17:48

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Hello Meena di
    Thank you for sharing detail about agroforestry and it's importance. It have importance on both environment and society so we should promote it.

    Regards
    Dolma
    Posted 13-01-2021 00:46

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Meena Sis

    Thanks for sharing such an informative report
    Agroforestry has lots of benefits , We all must promote this

    Keep Sharing

    Warm Regards ,
    Shobha
    Posted 12-01-2021 12:58

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