‘Farming the associations’ with trees for food security, climate resilience

Intercropped farm in Meru, Kenya. Photo by Sammy Carsan/ICRAF

At a webinar on agroforestry’s potential to foster food security and mitigate and build resilience to climate change, keynote speaker Emmanuel Torquebiau said agroforestry was not simply about “farming trees and farming crops side by side.”

“It is, rather, about farming the associations between crops or animals and trees.” In well-designed agroforestry systems, the ecological requirements of crops, livestock and trees (e.g. shade/light requirements, root structure, and water demand), market value and other considerations in time and space are taken into account, together, he explained. Read more. . .

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