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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 6

Trees: Delivering Enhanced Crop Production and Income: An Update

R.R.B. Leakey

Abstract

The middle to late 1990s was the turning point from agroforestry as a system primarily aimed at soil fertility improvement and a domestic source of poles, wood fuel, and timber to one where enrichment with domesticated indigenous trees producing high-value marketable products diversifies the farming system and initiates income generation – a change for the intensification of functioning agroecosystems so that they become more relevant and effective for tomorrow‘s Africa.

The decentralized, bottom-up approach to domestication has focused on the priority species identified by local communities and is now delivering many social and economic benefits associated ...

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