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Agri-Silviculture in Tropical America

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Weaver, Peter
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 31
Page(s): 2-12
Date: 1979
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8500
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): agroforestry
tropics
forest products
shifting cultivation
trees
Abstract: "Agri-silviculture is a production scheme that supplies wood, foodstuffs and/or animal products from a single management unit where good agricultural practices are complemented by the judicious use of trees. Such a unit could be a farm, a small community or a portion of a watershed. Despite its numerous benefits, agri-silviculture should not be seen as a substitute for intensive agriculture or forestry on any given terrain. Trees compete for light and water, and unless properly managed, can reduce marketable produce. Agri-silviculture is best viewed as one means to keep certain slopes in permanent production or to rehabilitate lands degraded by poor agriculture practices."

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