September 27, 2017 2 min read
Agroforestry is a type of agriculture that incorporates the planting, cultivation, and conservation of trees alongside crops or livestock farming. It’s a model of land management that integrates the unique relationships within a given ecosystem, and offers benefits on many fronts – environmental, economic, and/or social.
According to the USDA, for a management practice to be called agroforestry, it must usually satisfy the four "i"s:
This means that you’re not simply planting crops in an area that is naturally surrounded by trees, but fully leveraging the impact of each growth component in a holistic system.
Here are some examples of agroforestry at work:
Agroforestry is a great model of sustainable land use where community members need incentive and value in keeping forests standing, and it’s one used by a growing number of our planting project partners. Many struggling communities resort to cutting down trees simply to survive from the profits of logging. With agroforestry, they generate income from crops while keeping healthy forests alive!
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