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.