Tag: climate

Agroecosystem management in arid areas under climate change: Experiences from the Semiarid Loess Plateau, China

Professor Feng-Min Li,
Dr Rui-Ying Guo
Summary The Loess Plateau is the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization and a place where dryland agriculture originated; it is also one of the world’s most vulnerable ecological systems with the most serious soil erosion problems. The plateau has supported a population of more than 100 million and over 70% of which are rural and are relatively weak. Dryland agriculture has played a key role in providing sufficient food for the inhabitants, as well as , environmental conservation and economic …


Innovative agroforestry for livelihood security in India

S.B. Chavan,
Dr S.K. Dhyani,
Dr A.K. Handa,
Professor Parkash Toky
Agroforestry is practised by millions of farmers worldwide, and has been a feature of agricul­ture for millennia.  It encompasses a wide range of trees that are grown on farms and in rural landscapes, and includes the generation of science-based tree enter­prise opportunities that can be important in the future (1).  As per the World Bank 2004 report an estimated 1.2 billion rural people cur­rently practise agroforestry on their farms and in their communities and depend upon its …