© 2011

Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agroforestry Systems

Opportunities and Challenges

  • B. Mohan Kumar
  • P. K. Ramachandran Nair

Part of the Advances in Agroforestry book series (ADAG, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Measurement and Estimation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. R. Mosquera-Losada, Dirk Freese, A. Rigueiro-Rodríguez
      Pages 43-59
    3. Eike Luedeling, Gudeta Sileshi, Tracy Beedy, Johannes Dietz
      Pages 61-83
    4. E. F. Gama-Rodrigues, A. C. Gama-Rodrigues, P. K. Ramachandran Nair
      Pages 85-99
    5. Francis Dube, Naresh V. Thevathasan, Erick Zagal, Andrew M. Gordon, Neal B. Stolpe, Miguel Espinosa
      Pages 101-127
    6. A. A. Kimaro, M. E. Isaac, S. A. O. Chamshama
      Pages 129-143
    7. P. K. Ramachandran Nair, Rafael G. Tonucci, Rasmo Garcia, Vimala D. Nair
      Pages 145-162
  3. Agrobiodiversity and Tree Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Götz Schroth, Maria do Socorro Souza da Mota, Terry Hills, Lorena Soto-Pinto, Iwan Wijayanto, Candra Wirawan Arief et al.
      Pages 179-200
    3. Ansgar Quinkenstein, Christian Böhm, Eduardo da Silva Matos, Dirk Freese, Reinhard F. Hüttl
      Pages 201-216
  4. Policy and Socioeconomic Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Celia Ruiz-De-Oña-Plaza, Lorena Soto-Pinto, Stephanie Paladino, Federico Morales, Elsa Esquivel
      Pages 247-262
    3. Jay H. Samek, David L. Skole, Usa Klinhom, Chetphong Butthep, Charlie Navanugraha, Pornchai Uttaruk et al.
      Pages 263-280
    4. Subhrajit K. Saha, Taylor V. Stein, P. K. Ramachandran Nair, Michael G. Andreu
      Pages 281-298

About this book


This multi-authored volume contains peer-reviewed chapters from the world’s leading researchers and professionals in this topic.  It is a compendium of original research articles, case studies, and regional overviews and summarizes the current state of knowledge on carbon sequestration potential of agroforestry systems.  The main hypothesis of the book is that the farmers since time immemorial have integrated an array of tree and crop species in their land use systems as a means to achieve higher productivity, risk avoidance, product diversification, and sustainability.  These multispecies production systems also impact the ecosystem processes favorably.  Yet, our understanding of the diversity attributes and carbon dynamics under agroforestry is not adequate.  Although carbon sequestration is a focal theme of discussion in most agroforestry and climate conferences, publications on carbon sequestration in agroforestry are scattered.  This book, with 16 chapters organized into three broad sections titled: Measurement and Estimation, Agrobiodiversity and Tree Management, and Policy and Socioeconomic Aspects, represent a cross section of the opportunities and challenges in current research and emerging issues in harnessing carbon sequestration potential of agroforestry systems. The book is unique in its exclusive and global coverage of the subject, and constitutes a valuable reference material for students and researchers in the field of agroforestry and climate change mitigation.


Agroforestry Biomass production Climate change mitigation Land use systems Soil carbon stocks

Editors and affiliations

  • B. Mohan Kumar
    • 1
  • P. K. Ramachandran Nair
    • 2
  1. 1.Thrissur, Kerala,India
  2. 2.School of Forest Resources &, ConservationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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