Horticulturist Carol Schumann evaluates growth of a Chinese chestnut seedling, Castanea mollissima, in a woodland agroforestry planting. Photo by Susan Boyer. Photo courtesy of USDA ARS.
Row Crop, Pasture, Fodder, Rice, Palm Oil
Temperate, Semiarid, Tropical
North America, South Asia, South Africa, Europe
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sediment
Permanent land use conversion refers to taking intensively used agricultural land out of production and establishing and maintaining perennial grass or forest cover. Converting intensively used agricultural land into grass or forest reduces nitrogen and phosphorus losses and lowers inputs.1
Permanent land use conversion sacrifices yields from productive farmland in order to reduce nutrient and sediment losses. Agroforestry practices can enhance productivity of these lands.
Scalable to small farms?
Can be combined with agroforestry and silvapasture to provide farmer returns from eroded, degraded agricultural areas.
1 "EU Database of Best Practices." Living Water Exchange: Promoting Replication of Good Practices for Nutrient Reduction and Joint Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe. Web. Sept. 2013. http://nutrient2.iwlearn.org/nutrient-reduction-practices/eu-database-of-practices/view .