Indigenous agroforestry strategies meeting farmers' needs

TitleIndigenous agroforestry strategies meeting farmers' needs
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsAlcorn, JB
EditorAnderson, AB
Book TitleAlternatives to deforestation: Steps towards sustainable use of the Amazon rain forest.
Date Published1990
PublisherColumbia University Press
CityNew York
ISBN0-231-06892-1; 978-0-231-06892-5
Call NumberSD418.3.A53A526 1990
Keywordsagroforestry; Bora; deforestation; ecology; Huastec; Mexico; Peru

Seven characteristics of indigenous agroforestry strategies are discussed: they incorporate native trees and communities; they rely on natural succession; they use natural environmental variation; they incorporate numerous crop and native species; they are flexible; they spread risks by retaining diversity; and they work to ensure independent survival using backup resources available to the community. Specific examples from the sequential agroforestry and forest grove systems of Mexican Huastec and Peruvian Bora farmers show the ways in which indigenous strategies are used.


Author Affiliation: Biology Department, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA


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