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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 35

Trees: A Call to Policy Makers to Meet Farmers’ Needs by Combining Environmental Services With Marketable Products: An Update

R.R.B. Leakey

Abstract

With policy now lagging behind technology in the resolution of issues facing smallholder farmers in the tropics, the time has come to recognize the concepts of multifunctional agriculture—ones that meet many of the calls for more sustainable approaches to farming that address the key environmental, social and economic constraints to production and poverty. If policies promoted wider adoption of multifunctional agriculture, as described here, yields of staple food crops could be increased more than threefold and with big advances towards food and nutritional security, income generation and ...

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