Agroforestry farming systems in the homesteads of Kerala, southern India

TitleAgroforestry farming systems in the homesteads of Kerala, southern India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsNair, MA, Sreedharan, C
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Date PublishedDecember 1986
Keywordsagroclimatic zone; agroforestry; crop system; home gardens; homestead farming; Kerala; mixed farming

Kerala State on the southwestern coast of India in the tropical humid zone has a predominantly agricultural economy, a very high density of population and therefore high pressure on cultivable land. The farmers there undertake cultivation of an array of crops- tree crops, plantation crops, seasonals and biennials - all in intimate mixtures on the same piece of land around the homesteads. Farm animals and poultry and sometimes fisheries also are essential components of the system. The close association of agricultural crops, tree crops and animals in the homesteads represents an excellent example of sustainable and productive agroforestry homegardens. Optimum utilization of available resources of land, solar energy and technological inputs and an efficient recycling of farm wastes are important characteristics of the systems. This paper attempts to describe and evaluate the systems' stability, productivity and sustainability, and identify its merits and constraints as well as research needs.

Journal Abbreviation

Agroforest Syst


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