Agroforestry Systems in India: Livelihood Security & Ecosystem Services, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 8132216628
  • ISBN-13: 9788132216629
  • DDC: 634.990954
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Agroforestry, a term coined in the early 1970s, has made its place in all developed/developing countries of the world and is now recognized as an important approach to ensuring food security and rebuilding resilient rural environments. India has been a leader in agroforestry. The South and Southeast Asia region comprising India is often described as the cradle of agroforestry. Almost all forms of agroforestry systems exist across India in ecozones ranging from humid tropical lowlands to high-altitude and temperate biomes, and perhumid rainforest zones to parched drylands. The country ranks foremost among nations for enormous diversity and long tradition of the practice of agroforestry,as well as in fostering scientific developments on the subject. Agroforestry applies to private agricultural and forest lands and communities that also include highly erodible, flood-prone, economically marginal and environmentally sensitive lands. The typical situation is agricultural, where trees are added to create desired benefits. Agroforestry allows for the diversification of farm activities and makes better use of environmental resources. Due to an increase in the population of human and cattle, there is increasing demand of food as well as fodder, particularly in developing countries such as India. So far, no policy deals with specifics in agroforestry in India. But the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has been discussing the scope of a potential National Agroforestry Policy. However, evolving a policy requires good and reliable datasets from different corners of the country on the subject matter. This synthesis volume containing 13 chapters is an attempt to collate available information into different system ecologies, problems and solutions, and converge them to support policy development.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter: Part 1.
Other Frontmatter: Part 2.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Soil Conservation and Ecosystem Stability: Natural Resource Management through Agroforestry in Northwestern Himalayan Region.
3: From Shifting Cultivation to Integrating Farming: Experience of Agroforestry Development in the Northeastern Himalayan Region.
4: Agroforestry Inroads from the Traditional Two-Crop Systems in Heartlands of the Indo-Gangetic Plains.
5: Agroforestry as a Strategy for Livelihood Security in the Rainfed Areas: Experience and Expectations.
6: Livelihood Improvements and Climate Change Adaptations through Agroforestry in Hot Arid Environments.
7: Agroforestry: A Way Forward for Sustaining Fragile Coastal and Island Agro-Ecosystems.
8: Agroforestry for Wasteland Rehabilitation: Mined, Ravine, and Degraded Watershed Areas.
9: Greening Salty and Waterlogged Lands through Agroforestry Systems for Livelihood Security and Better Environment.
10: Wetland-Based Agroforestry Systems: Balancing Between Carbon Sink and Source.
11: Agroforestry in India and Its Potential for Ecosystem Services.
12: Agroforestry Policy Issues and Challenges.
13: Synthesis.
About the Book.
About the Editors.