Agroforestry

Agroforestry is the spatial or temporal combination of trees and crops or animals, with biological and economic interactions which leads to higher productivity, reduced risk, more stable incomes for local people, and positive environmental impacts.

Tropical agroforestry projects typically combine forestry activities (timber, industrial tree crops or fruit trees) with cattle, staple food crops or cash crops. The combination of both yearly revenue streams and long-term profitability allows projects to achieve profitability sooner and in a more sustainable manner.

Moringa’s agroforestry projects create economic benefits for investors and local communities while contributing to building environmental and social resilience of land-use. Specifically, the combination of trees and other woody plants with agricultural crops or animal husbandry contributes to:

  • Soil improvement, erosion-control, water availability and favourable micro-climatic conditions;
  • The sustainable production of timber and firewood, as well as tree crops (fruit and nuts) and agricultural crops, thus avoiding deforestation in adjacent forest areas;
  • Higher productivity and profitability;
  • Resilience in relation to changing climatic conditions;
  • Social stability, local entrepreneurship and employment;
  • Long-term viability of the local economy and livelihood of local communities.