Agroforestry is increasingly seen as a way to build resilience to climate change and improving the livelihoods of people living in rural communities. Its potential to maximize economic and environmental benefits, also for smallholders, turned it into a widely applied approach in low-income countries. Agroforestry has a significant role in supporting forest landscape restoration and resilient livelihoods in times of natural regeneration.
But what is agroforestry? What are the key opportunities and challenges for agroforestry practices? How can these be implemented in Southeast Asia? RECOFTC, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Center, developed a manual on agroforestry for climate-resilient landscapes, with the aim to train future extension workers and practitioners working on agroforestry int he ASEAN region. The manual provides guidance, tools and exercises for trainers that will help individuals or organizations increase their knowledge, skills and experience in agroforestry and foster understandings and skills necessary to the development of effective and efficient agroforestry practices among farmers.
The agroforestry training manual is a spin-off from the policy on Guidelines for Agroforestry Development for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was done with a contribution from the SIANI Mekong Expert Group.