Agroforestry – A PILLARS Guide

Agroforestry is the practice of allowing trees and crops to grow together, on farmland or in the forest. PILLARS Guides are designed for use in small group situations where one or more people are literate and confident enough to lead others in a group discussion. No training is needed for the leader. This Guide raises awareness of the benefits of agroforestry for sustainable agriculture, for the soil and for nutrition. It increases understanding of the different benefits of different trees.

This PILLARS Guide can be downloaded free in English and French.

Printed copies are available from:  International Publications, Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK. Email: 

A Community Guide to Environmental Health
by Jeff Conant and Pam Fadem

This practical, well-illustrated guide contains relevant sections on forests, restoring land and planting trees.

To order in English, contact: TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5TX, UK


The book costs £20 plus delivery. It can be downloaded free of charge from It is currently available in English and Spanish. Translations into French and Portuguese are in progress.

Bees and their role in forest livelihoods: A guide to the services provided by bees and the sustainable harvesting, processing and marketing of their products
by Nicola Bradbear

Available in English and French.

This book is available from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Readers in developing countries can request up to five publications free of charge from the FAO. Requests from institutions (eg libraries, companies, organisations, universities) rather than individuals are preferred to make the publications accessible to more readers.

Requests should be directed to: Forestry Information Centre, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy 


World Agroforestry Centre – regional offices

These offices are a good source of regional information on agroforestry, including how to get seeds.

Eastern Africa Office
World Agroforestry Centre, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, PO Box 30677, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 722 4298

Latin America Office
Escritório do ICRAF, Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, Travessa Dr Eneas Pinheiro s/n, Belém (PA), Brazil
Tel: +55 91 3204 1239

South Asia Office
1st Floor National Agricultural Science, Complex (NASC), Dev Prakash Shastri Marg, Pusa, New Delhi, India
Tel: +91 11 25609800

South-east Asia Office
JL CIFOR, Situ Gede, Sindang Barang, Bogor 16115, PO Box 161, Bogor 16001, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 251 8625415

Southern Africa Office
World Agroforestry Centre (SADCICRAF), Chitedze Research Station, ICRISAT buildings, PO Box 30798, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
Tel: +265 1 707 332

West and Central Africa Office
Regional Office & Humid Tropics Node, PO Box 16317 Yaounde, Cameroon
Tel: +237 22 21 50 84

Useful websites 

Agroforestree database

The database provides detailed information on 670 agroforestry tree species in order to help field workers and researchers in selecting appropriate species for agroforestry systems and technologies. For each species, the database includes information on identity, ecology and distribution, propagation and management, functional uses, pests and diseases and a bibliography.

You can search by country, by the uses of the tree and by species. 

CIFOR – Center for International Forestry Research 

CIFOR focuses research on tropical forest management and people who depend on forests for livelihoods.

International Year of Forests

The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Information about events can be found on this website.