strategy

Intercropping

Synonyms:
Intercropping crops among trees
Description:
Intercropping enables the farmer to maximize connections between elements, increasing stability, diversity and total yield of a planting.
Context:
Intercropping is the planting of two or more different crops in alternative rows in order to increase diversity, to enable the plants to help each other, to increase ground cover, and typically to increase yields. Intercropping among trees can add to these benefits, as well as conserving trees.
Implementation:
The Konta Agro-Forestry Project in Sierra Leone aimed to replace slash-and-burn methods with the intercropping of food staples among trees. The acreage of food crops increased and eighty acres of degraded land wa planted with trees. Project membership, participating farmer incomes, and food supplies have increased.

In Java, kebun-talun (rotation system between mixed garden and tree plantation) is a traditional system that increases overall production and serves multiple functions by sequentially combining agricultural crops with tree crops. Pekarangan (homegarden intercropping system) is a traditional system located in the villages that provides both subsistence and commercial products and serves multiple functions by simultaneously combining agricultural crops with tree crops and animals.

Subjects:
Trees
Crops
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies