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A holistic approach to sustainable agriculture: trees, science and global society

Author Roger R. B. Leakey

Publication date:

03 June 2019

ID: 9781838797935

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Despite great advances in our understanding of the environmental, social and economic role of trees in farming systems, much remains to be done, especially regarding the wider adoption of agroforestry and its up- and out-scaling. This chapter explores the relationship between trees, science and global society. The chapter offers an overview of tree agroecology, tree domestication, commercialization of trees and the relevance of development studies to this field. The chapter assesses the potential for upscaling the exploitation of trees as a sustainable resource and examines relevant issues connected with policy and agribusiness.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Trees: an underutilized resource for agriculture
3 Trees: prerequisites for the use of underutilized indigenous species
4 Science: priorities in agroforestry research
5 Global society: meeting the need for sustainable intensification
6 Conclusions
7 References