Chapter 28

Agroforestry—Participatory Domestication of Trees

This chapter was previously published in Leakey, R.R.B., 2014. In: van Alfen, N. et al., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, vol. 1. Elsevier, San Diego, pp. 253–269, with permission from Elsevier


Participatory domestication of indigenous tropical trees producing useful and marketable products has been developed to replenish the resource depleted by land clearance for agriculture. The domestication programme which was initiated in the 1990’s has now become a global programme aimed at the alleviation of poverty and malnutrition. However when integrated with other aspects of agroforestry in a three-step generic model for food security it becomes an approach to ...

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