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Resources for Researchers is a database intended as a source for researchers, policymakers, students, and the public to become better informed of major recent analysis on global food security. Included are different perspectives provided through a range of academic journals, government research, think tanks, popular press and opinion pieces, and scholarly reviews. This information has been collected from open sources and includes works that have been produced within the last decade. We have noted gated articles. We will regularly update the database as new works are published. Other topics will be added in the future. This is a collaborative project. If you think we’ve missed a major piece of work, please let us know.
Agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. Agroforestry techniques have been used all over the world for centuries. Agroforestry methods can improve the management of natural resources and soil quality, increase farmers’ land yields and incomes, protect against deforestation, and provide resilience against climate change.
Explore the different Agroforestry categories below:
Agroforestry’s Importance to Food Production and Diets
Gender and Agroforestry
Genetic Diversity Databases and Agroforestry Techniques
Agroforestry and Climate Change
Projects and Organizations to Follow
Agroforestry’s Importance to Food Security and Nutrition
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; 2013
Based upon information provided by 86 countries, FAO has developed this first ever report on forests and the importance of their genetic diversity in supporting resilience and food security.
Barbara Vinceti, Celine Termote, Amy Ickowitz, Bronwen Powell, Katja Kehlenbeck, and Danny Hunter; Sustainability; 2013
This paper examines the contributions of forests and trees to the need for nutritious and adequate foods. It also identifies research gaps and provides recommendations to enhance the contribution of forests and trees.
Patrick Worms; EurActiv.com; April 2014
With the release of the IPCC’s climate change impact report, author Worms argues adding the right trees makes the fields where they grow more resilient to extreme weather and farmers less dependent on a single crop.
Amy Ickowitz, Bronwen Powell, Mohammad A. Salim, and Terry C.H. Sunderland; Global Environmental Change; January 2014
This statistical study found a positive linear relationship between tree cover and quality of African children’s diets.
Kate Langford; World Agroforestry Centre; January 2014
Agroforestry practices have many benefits, such as improving soil quality, restoring soil nutrients, and reducing reliance on fertilizer use. The article provides examples of how integrating trees into farms can diversify agricultural systems for farmers.
Daisy Ouya; World Agroforestry Centre; July 2013
Agroforestry can provide a golden opportunity to improve nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa in addition to high yielding crops and improved soils.
Trees can enhance nutrition and food security along with agricultural crops. They also can be more resilient to climate change than crops.
Agroforestry, Food and Nutritional Security
Ramni Jamnadass, et al; World Agroforestry Centre; 2013
This working paper provides a comprehensive overview of how agroforestry practices can benefit farmers and food security alike, whether by providing the former with supplementary income through the sale of tree products and surplus materials, or by supporting ecosystem processes (such as pollination) that aid in perpetuating the food production process.
Sarah Small; Food Tank; February 2014
The authors describe the role of forests and forest foods in sustainably contributing to the needs of future populations, estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050.
Daniel Kapsoot; The Guardian; February 2014
India is the only country that is currently implementing a national policy on agroforestry. They hope to increase tree coverage by 33%.
Eleanor Greene; Food Tank; February 2014
Recent studies and reviews demonstrate that tree-based approaches can have multiple benefits on farmlands.
Peter Holmgren; Forest News; February 2014
The author suggests how forestry can be integrated into United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
U.S. Department of Agriculture; October 2013
This USDA report on agroforestry and the important role it plays in creating more sustainable land use is the first of its kind conducted by the department.
Ekaterina Bessonova; Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI); February 2014
What role can the public-private partnerships play to build successful agroforestry systems?
Gérard Buttoud; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; 2013
Invoking multiple case studies alongside contributions from experts working in the field, this guide explores the contribution of public policy to effective agroforestry practices, and discusses the various local conditions whereby these policies either succeed or fail.
Tiphaine Honore; The Guardian; August 2012
The traditional practice of growing crops around trees is gaining popularity in France.
Marcus Colchester, et al; World Agroforestry Centre; 2005
This impact study explores the World Agroforestry Centre’s efforts to overhaul Indonesian land and forest tenure laws, and illustrates the dilemma of reconciling customary tenure practices on the ground with the jurisdictional prerogative of state agencies over land and resource management matters.
Gender and Agroforestry
Rob Finlayson; World Agroforestry Centre; March 2014
In this study that examined the gender role in agroforestry, preliminary results found that women have less direct association with forests and care more about crop production, while men produced more yield from tree-based systems in Indonesia.
Narasimha Hedge; Bioversity International; March 2014
Research in India demonstrates the importance of domestication and conservation of trees, and the gender roles in agroforestry.
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); 2013
This strategy focuses on management structures and processes to improve the quality and volume of gender research and outcomes, specifically for forestry and agroforestry.
Evelyne Kiptot; Steven Franzel; Agroforestry Systems; 2012
This study illustrates that socio-economic and cultural issues hinder female participation in agroforestry, in Africa.
Evelyn Kiptot and Steven Franzel; World Agroforestry Centre; 2011
Kiptot and Franzel draw on 104 individual case studies to explore the social and cultural factors that negatively affect female participation in agroforestry activities in Sub-Saharan and Eastern Africa and suggest ways in which policy, institutional, and technological interventions might translate into an equal role for female stakeholders.
Agroforestry Techniques and Genetic Diversity Databases
World Agroforestry Centre; 2012
This primer discusses important agroforestry tree domestication issues for researchers to use.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); June 2012
The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has developed a State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources report that would prepare a country-driven approach on forest genetic resources.
World Agroforestry Centre
This database provides detailed information on the management, use, and ecology of a range of tree species that can be used for agroforestry.
Agroforestry and Climate Change
Agustin Mercado, Jr. and Patricia J. Sanchez; World Agroforestry Centre; 2014
A new study shows that locally managed agroforestry systems in the Philippines have contributed to more sustainable watershed practices as well as higher crop yields, increase incomes, and greater resilience to climate change.
Thomas Forster and Arthur Getz Escudero; Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature; 2014
Rural areas are not the only places that can benefit from agroforestry. This paper provides some examples of urban agroforestry.
Indu K. Murthy, et al; Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change; 2013
Building from previous studies into the carbon-offset potential of domestic agroforestry systems, this paper outlines how the use of agroforestry and silvipastoral techniques on the Indian subcontinent has coupled climatic adaptation with crafted mitigation strategies to create a practical, proactive approach for staving off the local effects of climate change.
Celia A. Harvey et al; Conservation Letters; October 2013
This paper demonstrates mitigation and adaptation benefits can be managed appropriately in tropical agriculture, including agroforestry.
Robin Mearns; Development in a Changing Climate - World Bank Blog; May 2012
On a trip to Indonesia, Mearns saw an agroforestry-based voluntary carbon scheme on coffee plantations. Launched by the World Agroforestry Centre, the project helps restart the coffee production while protecting the nearby watershed.
Sara J. Scherr, Seth Shames, and Rachel Friedman; Agriculture and Food Security; August 2012
For agricultural systems to achieve climate-smart objectives, they must become “climate-smart landscapes.” The authors in this paper examine what is needed to achieve landscape initiatives and what climate-smart practices are important.
Adaptation to Climate Change through Sustainable Management and Development of Agroforestry Systems
K.P.C. Rao, et al; International Food Policy Research Institute; December 2007
Rao and his associates make a case for increased agroforestry ‘interventions’ as a means of adapting to global climate change, and discuss several strategies by which agroforestry techniques can reduce carbon emissions, induce positive microclimatic changes, and improve the quality of life through provision of shade and shelter.
Projects and Organizations to Follow
The Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
CGIAR’s program aims to enhance the management and use of forests through five areas, including smallholder production systems and markets and climate change adaption.
Bioversity’s forest research documents the diversity of tree species that are important to people’s livelihoods and health. Take a look at where they work and highlights of their project.
Farming First; September 2013
TechnoServe is working to change land-use patterns from slash and burn farming to more sustainable plantation forests. It is an integrated approach to create socio-economic benefits, such as jobs, expanded markets, and improved farming practices and facilities.