Homestead agroforestry in Bangladesh

TitleHomestead agroforestry in Bangladesh
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsLeuschner, WA, Khaleque, K
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Date PublishedJune 1987
Keywordsagriculture; Bangladesh; farmer opinion; forestry; fruit trees; homestead agroforestry

The Homestead agroforestry system is very important in the economy of Bangladesh. The many woody species grown in the homesteads are a significant source of fuelwood; they also provide fodder, building materials and other forms of wood. In the context of the prevailing shortage of fuelwood and excessive deforestation in Bangladesh, this homestead agroforestry system needs to be strengthened. A field survey was undertaken to assess the prospects and feasibility of initiating a programme for the improvement of homestead agroforestry systems. It showed that the prospects for improving homestead agroforestry systems are good because most respondents own their homesteads and believe there is room for more trees on them. Although they know that raising trees is relatively difficult and requires special practices, they are familiar with the government nurseries and local agricultural extension officers, and are confident about the success of the programme. Results also indicate that multipurpose trees and specific modules for involving women in the farm operations are likely to enhance success of the programme.

Journal Abbreviation

Agroforest Syst


0167-4366; 1572-9680

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