Perspectives on agroforestry as a model for sustainable intensification of agriculture

In this in-depth interview, the FCRN’s Marie Persson has invited 3 experts, Roger Leakey, André Gonçalves and Ben Phalan to discuss the role, benefits and challenges with agroforestry. They provide insights and critical recommendations based on experiences analysing and implementing such systems in Brazil, South East Asia and many African countries. Special attention is paid to agroforestry as a possible pathway towards closing the yield gap and creating sustainable intensification.

Roger Leakey, is Professor at the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Australia, previously Director of Research at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

In his recent book “Living with the Trees of Life – Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture” he draws upon his 30 year experience of working in the field of agroforestry and particularly with poor smallholder farmers around, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.  See also:

André Gonçalves, is Professor of Agroecology at Instituto Federal Catarinense in Brazil and Technical advisor at Centro Ecológico Brazil. A video from the conference “Landscapes in a carbon focused world” where André presented a talk on the topic “Agroforestry and Conservation projects in Brazil: Carbon, Biodiversity, Climate, and People”, is available here.

Ben Phalan, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Conservation Science Group of the University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the impacts of agriculture on tropical faunas. For more information about his current and previous research, please visit this page.