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Why is agroforestry more successful in Africa?

Asked by K. Tanaka, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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K. Galatia

K. Galatia

K. Galatia
K. Galatia

Answered Nov 28, 2019

Agroforestry is one of the most successful methods of planting in Africa, mainly because the climate and the land conditions will be perfect for this type of method.

The farmers there have already perfected the crops that should go together in order to produce the perfect yield that they would want so that they can maximize their productivity. Agroforestry is seen in Africa as something that they would commonly do.

For example, maize planting is very common there, especially in Kenya, because this allows various crops to work together in order to get the best produce. This method can also prevent the possibility of soil erosion in the area.

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Ken Wilson

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Ken Wilson, Marketing Analyst, MBA, Miami

Answered Jan 17, 2019

When vast tracts of forestry are removed, the soil beneath degrades and seriously affects the water table. Arid land can produce weak or no crops. A scheme of getting farmers in Sahelian country of Niger to aid growth of trees from existing stumps has had phenomenal success.

The result is a re-greening of previously degraded landscapes during the past two decades. More than 5 million hectares of land through farmer-managed natural regeneration of trees,

The farmers protect existing tree stumps on their land. In a few years these grow into full trees and shrubs. The consequent provision from these of numerous goods and services had greatly aided households and communities.

With trees on the land, the area’s hydrology gradually improves. Even dried up riverbeds may start to flow again. One man's vision: a specified scheme into which all relevant people (farmers) were committed to: that's what it takes.

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