Socio-Cultural Aspects of Agroforestry and Adoption

  • Alain Atangana
  • Damase Khasa
  • Scott Chang
  • Ann Degrande


Agroforestry has to consider both biophysical and socio-cultural aspects of the practice, the latter being the consideration of the influences that agroforestry has on society and culture, which can, in part, be determined by its social acceptability at the farmer’s level, as farmers are considered to be the primary beneficiaries of agroforestry practices. The social acceptability of agroforestry is influenced by heterogeneity in village structure, land and tree tenure arrangements, division of gender roles, and local perceptions and attitudes towards trees. Important socio-cultural factors to be considered in agroforestry include land tenure, labor requirement, marketing of products, local knowledge, local organization, cultural and eating habits, gender, and well-being and age of landowners. Agroforestry technologies should be simple but robust and initially designed to satisfy the needs of poor farmers so as to facilitate social acceptability. Less-risky agroforestry practices are more likely to be accepted in rural areas. Studies on social benefits and costs, land and tree tenure and adoption, structure, functioning, and evolution of social institutions in communities, as well as identification of factors affecting the adjustment and the response by the community to different types of innovation can help agroforestry researchers plan and prepare strategies and actions for the dissemination of agroforestry technologies. The success of any agroforestry project is influenced by public policies and regulations that provide incentives to integrate trees on farms and promote the use of products from these trees.


Land Tenure Agroforestry Practice Poor Farmer Social Acceptability Tree Tenure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Atangana
    • 1
    • 2
  • Damase Khasa
    • 3
  • Scott Chang
    • 1
  • Ann Degrande
    • 4
  1. 1.Renewable ResourcesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Integrative and Systems BiologyUniversité LavalQuebecCanada
  3. 3.Forest and Wood SciencesUniversité LavalQuebecCanada
  4. 4.West and Central Africa Regional ProgramWorld Agroforestry CentreYaoundeCameroon

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