FO 610: Agroforestry

Prerequisite: None

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to;

  1. Explain different concepts and key terminologies used in agroforestry
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of agroforestry as a sustainable land use system.
  3. Apply the acquired knowledge to design agroforestry systems and technologies.

Concepts of agroforestry, agrosilvicultural systems, silvipastoral systems, agrosilvipastoral systems. Multipurpose trees (MPT), definitions; quantitative and qualitative benefits of MPT including microclimatological effects, biological benefits, nutrient relations, symbiotic relationships with V.A. mycorrhizae, rhizobia etc. Negative interactions between trees and crops, concept of tree, crop interface, competition, allelopathy. Some examples of agroforestry systems in the tropics; the Kilimanjaro agroforestry system, structure and function of the systems. Introduction to land evaluation, and farming systems. The concept of D and D. Practicals in D and D analysis. Some examples of agroforestry technologies and intercropping, mixed intercropping, improved fallows, fodder banks, boundary planting. Criteria for choice of MPT for use in agroforestry, MPT evaluation, elimination and provenance tests, management and technology trials, prototype tests