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Smallholder agro-forestry options for degraded soils: tree establishment in cropped fields


Smallholder agroforestry options for degraded soils have to balance short-term profitability and a medium term escape from further soil degradation occurring under pure crop-based land use systems. Establishing timber, fruit or rubber trees in cropped fields provides such dual functions and is increasingly the system of choice in densely populated parts of SE Asia. The overall objective of the project is to help close the knowledge gaps that constrain the on-set and success of this agroforestation phase by providing site-specific knowledge of socio-economic and biophysical constraints, as well as a generic method (improved agroforestry model) for extrapolating to other sites, other components and other management practices. Profitability and risk (biophysical and economical) analysis for realistic farm situations and innovative ways to share this type of information with farmers and policy makers will ensure development impact.

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