Hesperian Health Guides
Planting Trees and Crops Together
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When land is scarce, some farmers cut down trees in order to plant crops. But planting trees and crops together (agroforestry) can make farmland more productive and provide more and different crops.
Agroforestry requires care in choosing trees and in planting them where they will be of most use. Some farmers use these guidelines:
- Trees should not compete with crops for water, sunlight, or space.
- Each tree should provide for more than one need, such as food, fodder, medicine, shade, firewood, thatch, or lumber.
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