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Agroforestry

Natural Resources and Agriculture

  1. H. Gyde Lund

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vaa012.pub2

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How to Cite

Lund, H. G. 2013. Agroforestry . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

Author Information

  1. Forest Information Services, Gainesville, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

Abstract

Agroforestry is the management of lands for both trees and crops. In addition to providing some income to the land owner, the practice protects the soil, fosters biodiversity, sequesters carbon, and helps restore degraded lands. Because the responsibility for surveying croplands and forest land often falls to two different ministries (agriculture and forestry), information about the amount of these lands and their resources is often lacking at the national level. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is expanding its Global Forest Resource Assessments (FRA) to include trees outside forests (TOF), which would include those on agroforestry lands. This action will help fill the information gap for those who manage the countries' resources.

Keywords:

  • forest inventory;
  • agriculture;
  • biodiversity;
  • carbon sequestration;
  • trees outside forests;
  • land degradation;
  • land cover;
  • global assessments