Type: Book

Instant Insights: Tropical agroforestry


Dr John Lynam



Publication date:

14 December 2021

Length of book:

136 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801462822

Paperback - £37.99
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This collection features four peer-reviewed literature reviews on tropical agroforestry.

The first chapter addresses the challenges associated with incorporating agroforestry into agroecological intensification and sustainable landscapes. The chapter also considers the challenge of developing policies in support of agroforestry, and the challenge of developing agroforestry at scale.

The second chapter reviews to what extent agroforests are able to meet the objectives of sustainable forest management, focusing on biodiversity conservation, supply of forest products and carbon capture. The chapter also highlights the potential limits of system intensification in delivering ecosystem goods and services.

The third chapter presents an overview of the ecosystem services that can be delivered by tropical agroforestry systems. The chapter presents practical approaches for trade-off analysis between ecosystem services and plant biodiversity for better design (or redesign) and how management of agroforestry systems can be optimised.

The final chapter summarises the importance of cocoa-based agroforestry systems to global agricultural landscapes. The chapter reviews the different cocoa system technologies (e.g. cocoa-timber systems) and presents a four-step guide for analysing the shade canopy of shaded cocoa systems to ensure a diverse, resilient agroforestry system is in place.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Moving up the scale: challenges in tropical agroforestry: John Lynam, Independent Consultant; 1 Introduction 2 The challenge of agroforestry in agroecological intensification 3 The challenge of agroforestry in sustainable landscapes 4 The challenge of policy in support of agroforestry 5 The challenge of developing agroforestry at scale 6 Future trends and conclusion 7 Where to look for further information 8 References
Chapter 2 - The role of agroforestry in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Lindsey Norgrove, Tabea Allen and Ata Davatgar, Bern University of Life Sciences, Switzerland; 1 Introduction 2 Extent and biodiversity of shifting cultivation landscapes 3 The productive function of shifting cultivation landscapes 4 Carbon capture in shifting cultivation landscapes 5 Implications of intensifying shifting cultivation 6 Summary 7 Acknowledgements 8 Where to look for further information 9 References
Chapter 3 - Tropical agroforestry and ecosystem services: trade-off analysis for better design strategies: Rolando Cerda, CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), Costa Rica; Luis Orozco-Aguilar, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Norvin Sepúlveda, CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), Costa Rica; Jenny Ordoñez and Geovana Carreño-Rocabado, CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Costa Rica; and Freddy Amores, Willan Caicedo, Samuel Oblitas and Eduardo Somarriba, CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), Costa Rica; 1 Introduction 2 Overview on ecosystem services provided by tropical agroforestry 3 Practical approaches to assess trade-offs between different ecosystem services, and between ecosystem services and biodiversity 4 Case study: application of trade-off analysis to derive better design strategies for agroforestry systems 5 Acknowledgment 6 Where to look for further information 7 References
Chapter 4 - Analysis and design of the shade canopy of cocoa-based agroforestry systems: Eduardo Somarriba, CATIE, Costa Rica; Luis Orozco-Aguilar, University of Melbourne, Australia; Rolando Cerda, CATIE, Costa Rica; and Arlene López-Sampson, James Cook University, Australia; 1 Introduction 2 Cocoa shade typologies 3 A four-step guide for analysis of the shade canopy 4 Designing improved shade canopies 5 Future needs: a call for action 6 Where to look for further information 7 Acknowledgements 8 References