ag·​ro·​for·​est·​ry | \ ˌa-grō-ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce agroforestry (audio) , -ˈfär- \

Definition of agroforestry

: land management involving the growing of trees in association with food crops or pastures

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agroforester \ ˌa-​grō-​ˈfȯr-​ə-​stər How to pronounce agroforester (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web While the environmentally disastrous effects of plantations are frequently discussed, agroforestry researchers try to strike a middle ground. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Here, the local arm of the Catholic charity Caritas, working with other nongovernment organizations, has helped with mapping and protecting the borders of the territory and with providing technical support for fish farming and agroforestry. Andrew J. Wight, NBC News, "After fires ravaged the Amazon, faith leaders join indigenous people in land conservation fight," 9 Sep. 2019 Planting trees on farmland, known as agroforestry, better soil management and reducing food waste are win-win solutions which can boost land productivity and reduce emissions. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "Change food production and stop abusing land, major climate report warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Other farming programs—like agroforestry and perennial crops—can also sequester meaningful amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Deforestation, Agriculture, and Diet Are Fuelling the Climate Crisis," 8 Aug. 2019 These landscapes could be prioritized for restoration interventions that increase food, water and fuel security through agroforestry practices, watershed protection, woodlots for producing firewood and local timber or commercial tree plantations. Robin Chazdon, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are mapping out how to restore tropical rainforests around the world," 7 July 2019 What were the characteristics that made the agroforestry polyculture strategy groups more resilient to climate change? Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Why Some Amazonian Societies Survived and Others Perished amid Pre-Columbian Droughts," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of agroforestry

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Agroforestry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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