Agroforestry systems have innumerous social and ecological benefits. How much do you know about these systems?
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Question 2) What is one example of an agroforestry system?
- Planting coffee plants in the shades of fruit (or other) trees is one example of a simple agroforestry system.2
- The main purpose of agroforestry systems is actually to improve food security and, at the same time, promote forest conservation or restoration.1
Question 6) True or False? Agroforestry is a modern invention.
- Indigenous populations have been observing and sustainably using nature throughout millennia. They have been implementing agroforestry systems as a result of these observations and knowledge about different species.4
Question 7) True or False? Agroforests are only suited to tropical areas.
- Agroforestry systems can be implemented anywhere trees grow – from wet to dry and tropical to temperate areas.5
Question 8) What are complex agroforestry systems?
- Complex agroforestry systems have diverse tree species and many different crops, yielding superior social-ecological results than less diverse agroforests.6
Question 9) Which of the issues below represents one of the main challenges for up-scaling agroforestry systems?
- Even though more and more research efforts focus on agroforests, advancements in agricultural technologies mainly favor large-scale monoculture plantations.7
- Contrary to conventional agricultural practices that cause deforestation and land degradation, agroforestry systems favor food cultivation in forested areas.8
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1American University Washington, D.C. (n.d.). What is Agroforestry? Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from www.american.edu: https://www.american.edu/sis/centers/carbon-removal/fact-sheet-agroforestry.cfm
2Kim, D.-G., Kirschbaum, M. U. F., & Beedy, T. L. (2016). Carbon sequestration and net emissions of CH4 and N2O under agroforestry: Synthesizing available data and suggestions for future studies. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 226, 65–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2016.04.011
3FAO. (n.d.). Agroforestry. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from http://www.fao.org/: http://www.fao.org/3/X6628E/x6628e03.htm#TopOfPage
4Hoffner, E. (2019, 07 15). Agroforestry: An ancient ‘indigenous technology’ with wide modern appeal. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from news.mongabay.com: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/07/agroforestry-an-ancient-indigenous-technology-with-wide-modern-appeal-commentary/
5Hoffner, E. (2019, 03 29). ‘The ultimate agricultural practice’: Q&A with organizers of World Agroforestry Congress 2019. Retrieved 07 28, 2021, from news.mongabay.com: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/03/the-ultimate-agricultural-practice-qa-with-organizers-of-world-agroforestry-congress-2019/
6FAO. (n.d.). Sustainable development through a complex agroforestry system in Indonesia. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from http://www.fao.org/3/XII/0055-B5.htm
7World Agroforestry. (2021, August 2). Top 10 land use challenges can be addressed by agroforestry. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.worldagroforestry.org/news/top-10-land-use-challenges-can-be-addressed-agroforestry
8 FAO. (2015, October 23). Agroforestry. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from http://www.fao.org/forestry/agroforestry/89999/en/