Agroforestry help conserve the soil and improve soil quality: it prevents and control soil erosion by wind. Field shelterbelts consist of tall, long tress that do not compete with nearby crops and do not occupy much land.
Increase crop yield: research has shown that crop yields in...Read More
The field of agroforestry involves growing trees and shrubs near or among crops or pasture in farming. The method for farming is known to meet the demands of a growing world population in terms of food and biomass fuel. Other benefits to this method of farming is that it promotes social and...Read More
It is often used as middle or upper storey crops with other crops like Irish potatoes being grown underneath. Sometimes, they are mixed with taller trees.
Coffee and cocoa
Coffee is also one of the common agroforestry crops grown by farmers. It enables farmers...Read More
Intercropping and agroforestry are very similar. They have some of the same characteristics like growing something else in between or near the crops that a farmer is growing. However, there are a few differences. The main difference is that the other crop of plant that is planted next to the...Read More
One of the major disadvantages of agroforestry is that it is far more complex than a straight forward forestry operation or monoculture farming because it involves diverse use.
Successful agroforestry require knowledge and technology. Sometimes it may fail when technology is applie...Read More
There are different studies that show why agroforestry is known to improve soil fertility. First of all, it makes sure that nutrients are cycled well which means that the soil usually ends up having more nutrients for the plants.
The arrangement of the shrubs, trees, and plants are also m...Read More
Agro forestry may have been practised for centuries, but as a science it is really new. The practices involved may or may not affect insect populations: it is too early in the science to know. A specific and large scale experiment would need to be carried out.
The mechanisms governing the...Read More
When vast tracts of forestry are removed, the soil beneath degrades and seriously affects the water table. Arid land can produce weak or no crops. A scheme of getting farmers in Sahelian country of Niger to aid growth of trees from existing stumps has had phenomenal success.
The result is...Read More
Forest farming allows the management of specialist crops, such as fungi, that would otherwise grow randomly and be difficult to find and harvest. Materials for artisan crafts come from this practice, and in a sustainable manner. Similarly, the season of demand for Christmas trees can be met and...Read More
I am not sure whether agroforestry can help in climate change any better than traditional forest farming, except in its deliberate combination of woody perennials with agricultural crops or animals on the same piece of land/ It is the area of trees that play a crucial role in climate change...Read More