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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 233–240 | Cite as

Revisiting the past: an essay on agroforestry definition

  • E. Somarriba
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Abstract

Concepts used by various authors are analyzed in order to define agroforestry and discuss, in detail, some ambiguous terms often encountered (biological and economic interactions, time sequences, etc.). Only those concepts which differentiate agroforestry from other non-agroforestry forms of land use are retained as part of the definition, which is: agroforestry is a form of multiple cropping under which three fundamental conditions are met: 1) there e exist at least two plant species that interact biologically; 2) at least one of the plant species is a woody perennial; and 3) at least one of the plant species is managed for forage, annual or perennial crop production.

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agroforestry definition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Somarriba
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  1. 1.CATIE/GTZ agroforestry projectTurrialbaCosta Rica

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