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 Mechanized farming is not a limitation, either; roughly 9 percent of farmland in the European Union is used for agroforestry. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Millions of farm families throughout the tropics have adopted agroforestry techniques, and more are signing on. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Once the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, a community outreach program will begin training 44 locals on the hows and whys of organic gardening and agroforestry that sustain people and the planet. National Geographic, "10 ways to get your travel fix from home," 29 Apr. 2020 An environmental science major, Walker hoped to leverage his agroforestry work in Senegal into a federal job in a couple of years. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Evacuated from poorest corners of globe, Peace Corps Volunteers return to America remade by pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of agroforestry

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Agroforestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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