Agroforestry is defined as a land-use system which integrates trees and shrubs on farmlands and rural landscapes to enhance productivity, profitability, diversity and
ecosystem sustainability. It is a dynamic and ecologically based natural resource management system that, through integration of woody perennials on farms and in
the agricultural landscape, diversifies and sustains production and builds social institutions. (National Agroforestry Policy, India 2014 http://agricoop.gov.in/ sites/ default/ files/National_agroforestry_policy_2014.pdf)
Agroforestry is a traditional practice in India. It is a sought-after land use system due to its contribution to livelihoods, nutrition, energy and environmental security.
Trees outside forests increase the country’s tree cover and enhance ecosystem services; it also meets the bulk of the country’s demand for wood. At present,
agroforestry meets almost half of fuelwood needs of the country, two-thirds of small timber, 70-80 percent of plywood, 60 percent of pulp raw material & 9-10 percent
of green fodder requirement of livestock as well as meeting subsistence needs of 2 households. Agroforestry gained momentum after adoption of National Agroforestry
Policy in 2014
The project aims to increase tree cover outside forests by promoting multi-strata agroforestry models through community mobilization & participation for enhancing
livelihoods of farmers. To achieve the above aim the project will work on the following objectives
Objective 1: To increase the green cover outside forest areas and improving soil biodiversity & carbon sequestration through agroforestry
Objective 2: Enabling farmers make a transition from chemical farming to sustainable farming practices
Objective 3: Providing farmers with additional livelihood opportunities.
The program involves workshop and intense training for farmers enrolled for a period of 3 years at a frequency of two times a year.
The Project will be carried out by distributing 10 thousand good quality fruit bearing seedling by SayTrees with farmers on their farmlands with the goal amount of INR 25.00 lakhs