States Academic Press
Botany, Plant Science and Agriculture - Agricultural Sciences
Agroforestry is a type of land management system where trees or shrubs are planted around or surrounding the crops or pastureland. Such type of land management helps in producing a variety of products such as fruits, wood products, pharmaceuticals and other valuable products that can be traded commercially. It ensures long-term sustainability of agriculture. Some of its other benefits include improved farmer livelihoods through wealth creation, higher yields from staple food crops, carbon sequestration, increased biodiversity, and enhanced soil structure and health. Agroforestry helps blend forestry and farming, which helps restore the land by reducing soil erosion and regulating the water accessibility to restore the land. The practice of agroforestry leads to ecosystem services, which refers to the human benefits apart from an increase in farm produce. Agroforestry-based ecosystem services help in improving agricultural sustainability by ensuring better usage of fertilizers, enhanced ground cover, improved insect resistance, and weed avoidance. This book elucidates the concepts and innovative models around prospective developments with respect to agroforestry-based ecosystem services and environmental benefits of agroforestry. It will also provide interesting topics for research, which interested readers can take up.