Agroforestry is the practice of growing trees and/or keeping livestock on the same field at the same time.
The trees could be grown purposely for timber production, shed, nutrients or medicine. Trees could be planted on purely agricultural land or crops could be introduced to forested lands.
There are a number of agroforestry practices currently in practice such as; Silvopasture (a combination of trees and pasture), silvorable farming (crops and trees), alley cropping (crops between rows of trees) and riparian buffers (trees, shrubs and grass along streams) among others.
Although agroforestry has been practiced by mankind for many decades, it has gained greater attention in recent times due to the multiple benefits derived from it.
Tree off-cuts generated during pruning and harvesting provide soil cover, mulch and organic manure to the soil which improves on the microbial activities of the living micro-organisms in the soils. Read more