Traditional farming in the tropics has never respected the division between field and tree. Shaking off the colonial inheritance, a quiet revolution is underway to merge age-old practices with scientific know-how, creating agro-forestry techniques, that poor farmers are quick to discover. The calliandra trees that Goretti Muhoozi plants alongside the edges of hs steep hillside fields in Uganda prevent soil erosion; the trees Jennifer Zulu has started to grow on her farm in Zambia, regenerate the soil and can be used for fuel wood; settlers in Peru’s lowland jungle are learning that there can be more benefits in conserving the trees on their land, than from clearing them; in Indonesia, bureaucrats argue whether a Sumatran farmers land is is a forest garden or a farm. A more technical 15 minute version is available to help agro-forestry extension workers.
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