Type: Book

Agroforestry for sustainable agriculture


Dr María Rosa Mosquera-Losada is Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Professor Mosquera-Losada is President of the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) and one of the Work Package Leaders for the major EU AGFORWARD Project.

Dr Ravi Prabhu is Deputy Director General (Research) at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya. Dr Prabhu was previously Senior Programme Officer for Forests and Climate Change at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).



Publication date:

20 May 2019

Length of book:

480 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762207

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Agroforestry seeks to balance protection of forest resources, the exploitation of the ecosystem services that trees can contribute to agriculture and the role of agroforestry in diversifying the range of agricultural products and markets.

This volume reviews the latest research on the role and implementation of main types of agroforestry, understanding and assessing the ecosystem services that agroforestry can deliver and techniques for optimising agroforestry practice. The book's main focus is on temperate agroforestry, but also reviews particular issues facing agroforestry in the tropics.

The collection will be a standard reference for forestry and agricultural scientists in universities, government and other research centres in agroforestry

Key features

  • Comprehensive review of the effectiveness of particular agroforestry practices, from riparian forest buffers and filter strips, windbreaks and contour buffers to alley cropping, silvopasture and forest farming
  • Summarises current research on ecosystem services delivered by agroforestry, from promoting biodiversity and soil health to water quality and management
  • Assesses research on best practice in tree planting and management as well as optimising agroforestry products, from timber and nuts to bioenery

What others are saying...

"Based on the breadth of topics covered and the experience and expertise of the distinguished editors and contributing authors, this book promises to be a substantial addition to the growing body of knowledge on agroforestry and a valuable reference material for all interested in the subject."
P. K. Ramachandran Nair, Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, USA; co-founder of ICRAF.

Table of contents

Part 1 Agroforestry practices
1.Agroforestry practices: riparian forest buffers and filter strips: Richard Schultz, Iowa State University, USA;
2.Agroforestry practices: windbreaks and contour buffers: Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota, USA;
3.Agroforestry practices: hedgerow systems: Christian Bohm, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany;
4.Agroforestry practices: alley cropping: Diomy Zamora, University of Minnesota, USA;
5.Agroforestry practices: silvopasture: Gerardo Moreno, University of Extremadura, Spain;
6.Agroforestry practices: forest farming: Kenneth Mudge, Cornell University, USA;
7.Modelling different types of agroforestry system: Paul Burgess, Cranfield University, UK;
8.Tree planting and management in agroforestry: Lydie Dufour, INRA, France

Part 2 Agroforestry ecosystem services

9.Trees, science and global society: Roger Leakey, James Cook University, Australia;
10.The role of agroforestry in habitat conservation and biodiversity: Mary Ngendo Kanui, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya;
11.The role of agroforestry in improving soil health: Steve Anderson, University of Missouri, USA;

Part 3 Agroforestry products 
12.Agroforestry for hardwood/timber: Jerry Van Sambeek, United States Forest Service, USA
13.Agroforestry for cultivation of nuts: Michael Gold, University of Missouri, USA
14.Agroforestry for fruit trees: Pierre-Éric Lauri, INRA, France; Karim Barkaoui, CIRAD, France; Mohammed Ater, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco; and Adolfo Rosati, CREA, Italy;

Part 4 Tropical agroforestry
15.Key challenges in tropical agroforestry: John Lynam, Consultant/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), USA;
16.Tropical tree crops and agroforestry: Damase Khasa, University of Laval, Canada;
17.Sustainable ecosystem services and tropical agroforestry: Rolando Cerda, CATIE, Costa Rica;