Knowledge systems in agroforestry

TitleKnowledge systems in agroforestry
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsKünzel, W
Secondary TitleProceedings of the Workshop on Research Methodologies and Applications for Pacific Island Agroforestry July 16-20, 1990, Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Series TitleGeneral technical report PSW-GTR-140
Date Published1993
PublisherU.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (Berkeley, CA)
Conference LocationAlbany, CA

Pacific Islands agroforestry has evolved into sustainable, diverse and productive land use systems in many areas. We marvel at these systems, and the scientific world is trying to catch up with the traditional knowledge.

At the same time, Pacific Islands farmers are abandoning their agroforestry systems in great numbers. It is mainly intensified agriculture for cash crop production that follows. Soil erosion and soil fertility deficiencies are close companions of this intensification.

Why do land use systems that have been operative for centuries disappear so easily? Can "modern" agroforestry systems lead to the destruction of "traditional" ones? The paper explores the importance of knowledge systems in agroforestry innovations. (author)