Climate change: linking adaptation and mitigation through agroforestry uri icon

abstract

  • Agriculture is the human enterprise that is most vulnerable to climate change.Tropical agriculture, particularly subsistence agriculture is particularly vulnerable, assmallholder farmers do not have adequate resources to adapt to climate change. Whileagroforestry may play a significant role in mitigating the atmospheric accumulation ofgreenhouse gases (GHG), it also has a role to play in helping smallholder farmers adapt toclimate change. In this paper, we examine data on the mitigation potential of agroforestryin the humid and sub-humid tropics. We then present the scientific evidence that leads tothe expectation that agroforestry also has an important role in climate change adaptation,particularly for small holder farmers. We conclude with priority research questions thatneed to be answered concerning the role of agroforestry in both mitigation and adaptationto climate change

publication date

  • 2007
  • 2007