Tropical Homegardens

A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry

  • B. M. Kumar
  • P. K. R. Nair

Part of the Advances in Agroforestry book series (ADAG, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Historical and Regional Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 12-12
    2. B. M. Kumar, P. K. R. Nair
      Pages 1-10
  3. Structure, Function, and Dynamics of Homegardens

  4. Some New Thrust Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. M. R. Rao, B. R. Rajeswara Rao
      Pages 205-232
    3. O. S. Abdoellah, H. Y. Hadikusumah, K. Takeuchi, S. Okubo, Parikesit
      Pages 233-250
    4. W. A. J. M. de Costa, K. S. P. Amaratunga, R. S. Udumullage
      Pages 251-267
    5. E. Torquebiau, E. Penot
      Pages 269-282
    6. S. Mohan, J. R. R. Alavalapati, P. K. R. Nair
      Pages 283-296
  5. Future of Homegardens

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-378

About this book


‘Homegardens’ are integrated tree – crop – animal production systems, often in small parcels of land surrounding homesteads, and primarily found in tropical environments. These agroforestry systems, developed and nurtured by farmers through generations of innovation and experiment, are often cited as the epitome of sustainability, yet have been long neglected by the scientific community. Today, however, these age-old systems are receiving increasing attention owing to their perceived potential to mitigate environmental problems such as loss of biodiversity and rising levels of atmospheric CO2, while providing significant economic gains, as well as food and nutritional security to their owners. This multi-authored volume contains peer-reviewed chapters from the world’s leading researchers and professionals in this topic. It summarizes the current state of knowledge on homegarden systems, with a view to using this knowledge as a basis for improving both homegardens and other similar multistrata agroforestry systems. The book is unique in its exclusive and global coverage of the subject, and constitutes a valuable reference material for students and researchers in the field of agroforestry.


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Editors and affiliations

  • B. M. Kumar
    • 1
  • P. K. R. Nair
    • 2
  1. 1.College of ForestryKerala Agricultural UniversityThrissurIndia
  2. 2.School of Forest Resources and ConservationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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