Seed sources of agroforestry trees in a farmland context: a guide to tree seed source establishment in Nepal uri icon


  • This document originates from an on-going cooperation between the authors on the appropriateness of different seed sources for procurement of trees to small holders. The document has been developed as a part of the partnership between NARMSAP (Danida/HMG Natural Resource Management Sector Assistance Programme) in Nepal, Danida Forest Seed Centre (since 2004: For - est & Landscape Denmark ), and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Definitions of tree seed sources have been developed and applied in many countries, and standardised (slightly differently) by OECD, EU, FAO, DFSC and others. However, the experience from 10 years of work with development and provision of better tree seed to farmers in Nepal has been that none of these definitions are fully suitable for tree seed sources in Nepal. We have therefore developed the present publication with the objective to 1. Develop and adopt definitions and classification suitable for the Nepalese farmland context 2. Provide a practical guideline for establishment and management of suc h types of tree seed sources in Nepal, and 3. Discuss advantages and disadvantages for the different seed source type. The guideline consists of four sections: an introduction that introduces the TISC context, section two that introduces the Nepalese framework, in section three we define and discuss different options in terms of types of seed sourc - es, and in section four we discuss some of the more specific details related to the establishment of planted seed sources. The publication is based on our joint experiences gained in Nepal, on which we have formulated guidelines for the future work in Nepal. Although specific to Nepal we believe that some of the recommendations can be of general interest

publication date

  • 2005