Expand the use of agroforestry to improve soil health, produce higher crop yields, and increase water quality, food security, and carbon sequestration.
Agroforestry is the intentional integration of forestry with agriculture. It combines trees, shrubs, and vines with crop and animal farming systems in ways that mimic natural ecosystems. Agroforestry is used by millions of people as a traditional source of food, fiber, and wood. It mixes annual crops and perennial trees and plants in different ways that sustain short- and long-term financial and ecological returns. Agroforestry provides shade, protects plants and animals from wind, and builds soil. It can sequester carbon and help end the climate crisis. It is a strategy for restoring degraded land. It maintains cultural traditions. Agroforestry is a science that studies the interactions between people, trees, and agriculture at a range of scales, from field to forest.