Climate change linking adaptation and mitigation through agroforestry

Verchot, L V and Van Noordwijk, M and Kandji, S and Tomich, T and Ong, C K and Albrecht, A and Mackensen, J and Bantilan, M C S and Anupama, K V and Palm, C (2007) Climate change linking adaptation and mitigation through agroforestry. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 12 (5). pp. 901-918. ISSN 1573-1596

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Agriculture is the human enterprise that is most vulnerable to climate change. Tropical agriculture, particularly subsistence agriculture is particularly vulnerable, as smallholder farmers do not have adequate resources to adapt to climate change. While agroforestry may play a significant role in mitigating the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG), it also has a role to play in helping smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. In this paper, we examine data on the mitigation potential of agroforestry in the humid and sub-humid tropics. We then present the scientific evidence that leads to the expectation that agroforestry also has an important role in climate change adaptation, particularly for small holder farmers. We conclude with priority research questions that need to be answered concerning the role of agroforestry in both mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tropical agriculture, Small-scale farmers, Rural development, Poverty alleviation
Subjects: Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Ms Vibha Raju
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2011 06:12
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 08:25
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