Agroforestry systems and some research problems

TitleAgroforestry systems and some research problems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1983
Authorsvan Nao, T
EditorHuxley, PA
Secondary TitlePlant research and agroforestry: Proceedings of a consultative meeting held in Nairobi, 8 to 15 April 1981
Date Published8-15 April 1981
PublisherInternational Council for Research in Agroforestry
Conference LocationNairobi, Kenya
Call NumberS494.5.A45P53 1983
Keywordsagroforestry; forest cover; medicinal plants; spices; systems

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has adopted a policy of incorporating agroforestry practices in all suitable forestry field projects. As of today there are 22 FAO/UNDP projects and 11 WFP-assisted projects which include agroforestry activities. A brief account is given of a selection of agroforestry systems which include the rice Sesbania aculeata system; Sesbania grandiflora fruit tree systems; shade trees in tea and pepper estates; systems of Theobroma cacao and forest trees; a case of a multipurpose forest plantation using Prosopis spp.; and a note on the cultivation of spices and medicinal plants under forest cover. Some research and development problems related to each case are mentioned.