Intercropping and agroforestry

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A video on how integrating agriculture with the natural forest cycle can improve resilience and sustainability.

Farming in the forest in Belize



In the nearby Maya Mountain Research Farm, some farmers and NGOs are testing new ways of making agriculture more sustainable. They encourage other local farmers to abandon the traditional ‘slash and burn’ technique, which involves cutting down trees and burning the area to clear space to grow maize and beans.

They also want to prove that interspersing crops among forest trees improves food security, the crops’ robustness and human diet.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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