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Agroforestry and agricultural resilience in the US

FCRN member Gary Bentrup, of the USDA National Agroforestry Centre, has co-authored a report on how agroforestry can be used to help agriculture both mitigate and adapt to climate change. The report defines agroforestry as “the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal production systems”, which it further categorises into silvopasture, alley cropping, forest farming (or multi-storey cropping), windbreaks and riparian forest buffers. Topics covered include ecosystems services provided by agroforestry, the relationship of agroforestry to greenhouse gas emissions, economic and sociocultural considerations and an overview of agroforestry in different US regions, Canada and Mexico.

Read the full report here. See also the Foodsource resource How far could changes in production practices reduce GHG emissions? You may be interested in the FCRN blog post Perspectives on agroforestry as a model for sustainable intensification of agriculture, where three experts discuss the role, benefits and challenges of agroforestry.

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