Agro-forestry is the branch of agriculture that deals with the business of inter-cultivating crops and trees under habitats that favour growth.
This system combines trees with crops or livestock, or both, on the same piece of land. The products are either timber or non-timber forestry products such as crops, honey, livestock, mushroom, pine straw, etc.
In essence, agro-forestry is intensive land use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock, to produce products which can be sold profitably, while significantly contributing to the economy, conservation of natural resources and society.
Climate change effects mean that agro-forestry be a necessary adoption in our fight for increased productivity, building resilience and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. In this situation, carbon will be locked-up in the trees, products from the trees (stock feed, timber products, honey, etc), will provide added incomes for the farmers. The intensification of fruit tree production will also result in the creation of micro-climates in certain areas, further reducing the impacts of climate change and reducing land degradation.
The OneAcre agro-forestry tree list currently consists of the trees mentioned under Fruit Farming and the following trees:
You will therefore find instructional manuals on how to grow these trees under an agro-forestry management system.
Due to climate change, we encourage our farmers to adopt a holistic approach in running their farm enterprises, accessing other vital information on the site about other enterprises and processes which they can integrate into their operations, to set up a viable and profitable climate-smart agro-enterprise. Climate change will not distinguish between smallholder and commercial farmers, therefore every farmer must understand the basics and take advantage of climate change to roll-out a profitable agribusiness that is not only resilient but sustainable enough to deal with the global crisis at hand.