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Agroforestry – a Pillars guide

Practical information on growing trees with crops and improving soil


A farmer called Emiyas from Ethiopia smiling in a field surrounded by trees

A farmer called Emiyas from Ethiopia smiling in a field surrounded by trees. Photo: Diane Igirimbabazi

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From: Pillars guides

Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups

The aim of this guide is to raise awareness of

  • the benefits of including trees with growing crops as a part of sustainable agriculture
  • the value of agroforestry in improving soil fertility and preventing soil erosion
  • the nutritional benefits of various tree species recommended for agroforestry

Anticipated outcomes

  • communities encouraged to regard agroforestry and tree planting as a normal activity on farmland
  • the building and maintenance of tree nurseries in local communities and the introduction of a variety of recommended tree species
  • farmers encouraged to experiment and compare various techniques for tree planting
  • people learn the value of local trees and gain confidence in their local knowledge
  • the improvement of soil fertility and conservation - the improvement of family nutrition
  • fuel wood becomes more available, benefiting the local environment
  • the provision of opportunities to improve smallholder income

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