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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Section 1. Agroecology and the Role of Trees

There are many definitions of agroforestry, one of the delivery mechanisms of multifunctional agriculture. Until the mid-1990s these definitions related to the many ways of integrating trees into farming systems as stand-alone agronomic technologies. This viewpoint overlooks the ecological functions that underpin the ways that allow it to enhance the environmental sustainability, as well as the productivity, of farming systems. Here, agroforestry is seen as applied agroecology in which the planting of trees in many combinations and/or configurations creates niches in farming systems that are colonized by a wide range of wild organisms initiating successive phases of an agroecological succession ...

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