Trees and food security in Africa: What’s the link?

Agroforestry projects can yield big results, like this mango harvest. Photo: C. Pye-Smith (ICRAF)

Agroforestry projects can yield big results, like this mango harvest. Photo: C. Pye-Smith (ICRAF)

The right trees, coupled with the right varieties of crops, rural advisory services, and a supportive policy environment can have a huge impact on crop yields, nutrition and income in Africa. And because smallholder farmers feed and nourish most of Africa’s 1 billion population, this is where we must start.

Agroforestry systems in Africa range from open parkland assemblages, home gardens, mixtures of trees with one or several crops, and trees planted in hedges and boundaries of fields and farms. Thanks to a rich body of science-based knowledge that brings the best in ‘agro’ and ‘forest’ together, farmers can select the right tree and crop associations for the right place. Well designed agroforestry systems provide benefits that cannot be attained from monocrops.

Read the full post by Daisy Ouya on the World Agroforestry Blog

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