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Is it enough to recommend tree species to farmers? Or even to supply them with the right seedlings and advice on growing them?

 

Photo credit: Agroforestry World

Farmers need different things from trees. Photo of Oromia farmers by Miyuki Iiyama/ICRAF.

What makes a farmer grow a tree? It depends.

Is it enough to recommend tree species to farmers? Or even to supply them with the right seedlings and advice on growing them?

Across Africa, bold campaigns are underway to get more trees into farming landscapes, as a means to restore land, protect watersheds, and meet people’s food and energy demands sustainably. But the farmers themselves have to decide to plant, keep and nurture the trees for the long haul. And as it turns out, these decisions depend heavily on the ecological and socio-economic realities farmers find themselves in, which vary widely.

In an effort to unravel farmers’ decision-making process around tree adoption, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and partners conducted a socio-economic study of farming households in Ethiopia’s Oromia State. The rich results gleaned from the study are published in the Open Access journalAgroforestry Systems.

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Understanding patterns of tree adoption on farms in semi- arid and sub-humid Ethiopia. By Miyuki Iiyama, Abayneh Derero, Kaleb Kelemu, Catherine Muthuri, Ruth Kinuthia, Ermias Ayenkulu, Evelyn Kiptot, Kiros Hadgu, Jeremias Mowo, Fergus L. Sinclair. Agroforestry Systems
 DOI 10.1007/s10457-016-9926-y . 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com

See more photos from the study sites athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/143272250@N02/sets/72157669531246886/

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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