Directions in Tropical Agroforestry Research

Directions in Tropical Agroforestry Research : Adapted from selected papers presented to a symposium on Tropical Agroforestry organized in connection with the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, 5 November 1996, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Large areas of the warm, humid tropics in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are hilly or mountainous. Jackson and Scherr (1995) estimate that these tropical hillside areas are inhabited by 500 million people, or one-tenth of the current world population, many of whom practice subsistence agriculture. The region most affected is Asia which has the lowest area of arable land per capita. Aside from limited areas of irrigated terraces, most of the sloping land, which constitutes 60% to 90% of the land resources in many Southeast Asian countries, has been by-passed in the economic development of the region (Maglinao and Hashim, 1993). Poverty in these areas is often high, in contrast to the relative wealth of irri- gated rice farms in lowland areas that benefited from the green revolution. Rapid population growth in some countries is also exacerbating the problems of hillside areas. Increasingly, people are migrating from high-potential lowland areas where land is scarce to more remote hillside areas. Such migra- tion, together with inherent high population growth, is forcing a transforma- tion in land use from subsistence to permanent agriculture on fragile slopes, and is creating a new suite of social, economic, and environmental problems (Garrity, 1993; Maglinao and Hashim, 1993).
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  • Hardback | 249 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 521.64g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS, 38:1-3, 1998
  • V, 249 p.
  • 0792350359
  • 9780792350354

Table of contents

Preface; P.K.R. Nair, C.R. Latt. Biophysical Interactions in Tropical Agroforestry Systems; M.R. Rao, et al. Soil Improvement by Trees in Sub-Saharan Africa; R.J. Buresh, G. Tian. Decomposition and Nitrogen Release Patterns of Tree Prunings and Litter; P.L. Mafongoya, et al. Nutrient Cycling Under Mixed-Species Tree Systems in Southeast Asia; P.K. Khanna. Agroforestry in the Management of Sloping Lands in Asia and the Pacific; E.T. Craswell, et al. Shade Management in Coffee and Cacao Plantations; J. Beer, et al. The Domestication and Commercialization of Indigenous Trees in Agroforestry for the Alleviation of Poverty; R.R.B. Leaky, A.J. Simons. Socioeconomic Research in Agroforestry: Progress, Prospects, Priorities; D.E. Mercer, R.P. Miller. Policy Issues in Agroforestry: Technology Adoption and Regional Integration in the Western Brazilian Amazon; S.A. Vosti, et al. Directions in Tropical Agroforestry Research: Past, Present, and Future; P.K.R. Nair.
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About P. K. Ramachandran Nair

Dr. P.K.R. Nair is Professor of Agroforestry at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA and has been a founder-scientist at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya for about 10 years. He is a leading world authority and a pioneering researcher and educator in agroforestry.
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