ag·​ro·​for·​est·​ry ˌa-grō-ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce agroforestry (audio)
: land management involving the growing of trees in association with food crops or pastures
agroforester noun

Examples of agroforestry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actively participating in the development of agroforestry regenerative cotton, especially on Italian soil, is an important step and will also have a real impact on local communities. Town & Country, 6 June 2023 One company financially compensates farmers for preventing deforestation, using satellite data processed with a machine learning algorithm to calculate carbon storage from agroforestry farms. Nikki Shum-Harden, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Limiting climate change will require many solutions, and agroforestry experts Eric Toensmeier and Dennis Garrity explain how growing trees among crops and pastures can use land more efficiently to grow biomass that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 13 July 2020 But the domaine takes it further than that, defining what is being done not only for vine production, but also to improve the area around the château with agroforestry, planting trees in and near the vineyards to reduce the impact of climate change and provide a refuge for wildlife. Jill Barth, Forbes, 29 June 2022 For example, switching away from industrial farming to more sustainable methods – such as agroecology or agroforestry, increasing soil carbon content through the use of cover crops, and promoting soil health by reducing the use of chemical fertilisers. Quora, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Per acre, natural forests store six times more carbon than agroforestry zones and 40 times more than plantations. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2020 Her work, published in 2019, shows some groups developed sustainable agroforestry: By cultivating diverse, dispersed trees and other crops that enriched the soil, these cultures persisted through different climate conditions. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2021 The agroforestry project, aimed at planting roughly 40,000 cocoa trees in this region, shows a way forward while highlighting the challenges that lie ahead. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


agro- + forestry

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of agroforestry was in 1934

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“Agroforestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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