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close this bookAmaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO; 1996; 397 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: Basics of agricultural development
Open this folder and view contents2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics
Open this folder and view contents3: Staple crops
Open this folder and view contents4: Multipurpose trees
Open this folder and view contents5: Farming systems and gardening techniques
Open this folder and view contents6: Soil health and plant nutrition
Open this folder and view contents7: Water resources
Open this folder and view contents8: Plant protection and pest control
Open this folder and view contents9: Domestic animals
Open this folder and view contents10: Food science
Open this folder and view contents11: Human health care
Open this folder and view contents12: Seeds and germplasm
Open this folder and view contents13: Energy and technologies
Open this folder and view contents14: From farm to market
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Open this folder and view contents16: Oils
Open this folder and view contents17: Above-ground (urban) gardens
View the document18: What is ECHO?
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Open this folder and view contentsECHO development notes - issue 52
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Open this folder and view contents28 additional technical notes about tropical agriculture
close this folderPrinciples of agroforestry
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View the documentWhat is agroforestry?
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View the documentThe trees
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View the documentGetting started with agroforestry systems
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Open this folder and view contentsGood nutrition on the small farm
 

Summary of benefits of agroforestry (see definitions)

Improved year-round production of food and of useful and salable products.
Improved year-round use of labor and resources.
Protection and improvement of soils (especially when legumes are included) and of water sources.
Increased efficiency in use of land.
Short term food production offsetting cost of establishment of trees.
Furnishing of shade for vegetable or other crops that require it or tolerate it.
Medium and long term production of fruits.
Long term production of fuel and timber.
Increase of total production to eat or to sell.

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