Traditional agroforestry practices in Zimbabwe

TitleTraditional agroforestry practices in Zimbabwe
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsCampbell, BM, Clarke, JM, Gumbo, DJ
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Date PublishedMay 1991
Keywordsagriculture; fodder trees; forestry; fruit trees; gardening; grazing lands; species composition; traditional agroforestry; Zimbabwe

Traditional agroforestry systems in the communal areas of Zimbabwe are described. There are systems centered on main fields, on home gardens, on homesites and on grazing areas. In the main fields, the major tree-related management practice is the conservation of preferred indigenous fruit trees. Fruit trees are also the focus of forestry activities around the gardens and the homesite; but here it is the planting of exotic species. In a localized area of Zimbabwe Acacia albida is important in fields. There is almost no use of tree fallows in Zimbabwe. Trees in grazing areas have numerous roles, but at present there is little knowledge about traditional management practices in these areas. In the development of agroforestry systems in Zimbabwe it is suggested that those systems designed to improve fodder production will make a significant contribution to farm productivity because of the importance of cattle in the farming system and the present fodder shortage. Interventions involving the planting of fruit trees are likely to be very successful, as there is much interest in such planting. Another area that needs to be developed is that of tree plantings to improve soil fertility.

Journal Abbreviation

Agroforest Syst


0167-4366; 1572-9680

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