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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 36

The Intensification of Agroforestry by Tree Domestication for Enhanced Social and Economic Impact

This chapter was previously published in Leakey, R.R.B., 2012. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 7 (035), 1–3

Abstract

Agroforestry can be used to improve the productivity of staple food crops by improving soil fertility and promoting agroecosystem function. The domestication of agroforestry trees producing marketable products then intensifies the agroforestry system and leads to marketing, trade, and business opportunities that improve farmers’ livelihood. Together, these steps provide a generic and adaptable model for more sustainable agriculture in the tropics, which builds ...

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