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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 15, Issue 2–3, pp 203–216 | Cite as

On-farm agroforestry research in extension programmes: methods used by BAIF in India

  • Narayan G. Hedge
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Abstract

The BAIF Development Research Foundation initiated an agroforestry extension project in Pune District, India in 1984, following earlier on-station research on leuceana-based alley-cropping systems for fodder. In extension meetings, farmers expressed a strong preference for planting a wide range of multipurpose trees on farm bunds and borders rather than single-species alley-cropping. Researcher-managed trials of proposed multipurpose species grown with crops were initiated, but were of limited value. An alternative approach to research was begun in 1988. This approach included a survey of agroforestry practices established by farmers through extension, and collection of data on crop yields by distance from the tree line from a sample of these plots. Research methods are described and modifications suggested for improving the quality of this type of extension-based research.

Key words

agroforestry extension on-farm research agroforestry research trees in crop fields trees on bunds 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Narayan G. Hedge
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  1. 1.BAIF Development Research FoundationPuneIndia

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