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General - 25 January, 2023
Agroforestry has long been considered as a key practice for sustainably improving and diversifying farm incomes, nutrition, and resilience to economic and environmental shocks. The ecological benefits are proven, and there is no shortage of technical knowledge. But its widespread adoption remains elusive. Is it that the economic benefits for farmers are not enough, or not perceived to be enough? Or are there other reasons?
The forthcoming Tropical Forest Issues will answer these questions through 25 concrete examples of ‘agroforestry at work’ from across the dry and humid tropics, that provide direct and indirect benefits to farming families and the wider economy. It will show how it could be spread by highlighting common reasons for success, thus encouraging farmers to develop and expand more diversified, productive and resilient farming systems. There are many examples that show ‘theory’ and ‘potential’, but this edition will include only proven successes with clear evidence. Non-monetary or indirect benefits on biodiversity, aesthetic, social, cultural and other ecosystem services or values may be included, but these should not be the core of articles.
If you have a story on successful agroforestry, please send a half page outline to Nick Pasiecznik (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 28 February 2023
This issue will be co-edited by Nick Pasiecznik (Tropenbos International) and Emmanuel Torquebiau (CIRAD emeritus), with oversight and support from the editorial board, including Susan Chomba (WRI), David Ganz (RECOFTC), Dennis Garrity (GEA/CIFOR-ICRAF), Sara Scherr (EcoAgriculture partners) and Eduardo Somarriba (CATIE).