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Agroforestry: Multiplying Benefits from Forest Lands

  • Suzana Djordjević-MiloševićEmail author
  • Jelena Milovanović
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Agroforestry is a term for an ancient practice of growing trees and shrubs with crops and/or animals on the same piece of land used in last 50 years of more than 10,000 years of interactions between farmers and forests. Back to the history, this active stake was preceded by the passive one – hunting and gathering practices including the exploitation of forests for shipbuilding (Williams 2003 through Van Noordwijk & Coe 2019) which have created need for regeneration of forests at the first place.

The World Agroforestry Centre defines agroforestry as “a dynamic, ecologically based, natural resources management system that, through the integration of trees on farms and in the agricultural landscape, diversifies and sustains production for increased social, economic and environmental benefits for land users at all levels” (Leakey 2017). The evolution of the agroforestry meaning was summarized in the following World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzana Djordjević-Milošević
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jelena Milovanović
    • 1
  1. 1.Environment and Sustainable Development StudiesSingidunum UniversityBelgradeSerbia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Datu Buyung Agusdinata
    • 1
  1. 1.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA