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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 38

Trees: Delivering Productive and Sustainable Farming Systems: An Update

R.R.B. Leakey

Abstract

Despite much progress, huge problems remain with billions of people still suffering from land degradation, food insecurity and poverty. While nearly half agricultural land has 10% tree cover, the area which can be described as “intensified agroforestry” is minute. This emphasizes the potential for dramatic improvement to replace conventional intensive agriculture in the tropics with a more appropriate low-input and more sustainable system, based on rebuilding agroecological functions and the creation of new sources of income. The question now is how to scale up this form of intensification in ways that are appropriate to the needs and aspirations ...

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