The word agroforestry started doing the rounds in the 1970s. Though it sounded something new, many traditions and cultures around the world were indigeniously built around agroforesty. While the modern practice of agroforestry works around modern perspectives and new-found work, it has been overlooking indigenious contributions. Cultural sensitivity and recognition of these deep roots is important to understanding the long-term perspective needed to successfully implement agroforestry across geographies.
Agroforestry describes a wide range of practices that integrate trees, forests, and agricultural production. These systems can be adapted to almost any site and condition, though considerations like climate, resources, and soil characteristics, local farmer community goals will ultimately determine the crops that are appropriate for a specific piece of land.
EasyKrishi has been focusing on the community goals of local farmer communities to come up with solutions that get local inclusion and participation. We have been experimenting with flocks and herds of animals driving the Agriforestry to increase the user base. We regularly use the term Flerd (Flock + Herd) when we are unsure of the animal stock maintained by the new farmer communities we plan to bring into our fold. While our success with inclusion of Flerd is limited at the moment, it is one of the major focus areas for the near future.
As climate change increasingly is becoming our reality, agroforestry will be seen as a critical solution for farms and forested landscapes both in adapting to changes as well as mitigating impacts that further negative effects on our climate.
EasyKrishi takes a two-pronged approach to enhance agroforestry.