Agroforestry in the Amazon basin: Practice, theory and limits of a promising land use

TitleAgroforestry in the Amazon basin: Practice, theory and limits of a promising land use
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsHecht, SB
EditorHecht, SB
Book TitleAmazonia: Agriculture and land use research
Secondary TitleCIAT series no. 03E-3(82)
Date Published[1982]
PublisherCentro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical
CityCali, Colombia
Call NumberS401.I67 1982
Keywordsagriculture; agroforestry; Amazon River Watershed; land tenure; land use; natural resources

This paper explores the potentials for agroforestry in the Amazon Basin. Agroforestry systems are "sustainable land management systems that combine the production of crops including tree crops, forest plants and/or animals simultaneously or sequentially on the same unit of land, applying management practices that are compatible with the cultural practices of the local population." Agroforestry is a term that covers an enormous range of land uses at all scales of tenure and investment, ranging from subsistence to plantation farming, and from dozens of species to only two or three. Agroforestry usually involves multiple canopies, either in space or time, and more than one harvestable stratum. (author)


Papers presented at the International Conference on Amazonian Agriculture and Land Use Research, Cali, Colombia, April 16-18, 1980 (1st: 1980: Centro Internacional de Agricultural Tropical)

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Short TitleAgroforestry in the Amazon basin