Check out our op-ed, co-written with Frank Place from the World Agroforestry Centre, in yesterday’s Charleston Gazette. In West Virginia, just a few miles outside of Charleston, fields are cleared for livestock and agriculture, mountaintops are blasted for mining and the Kanawha forest is protected as national park. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Agroforestry Centre is helping farmers integrate all of these elements of nature together through agroforestry—the inclusion of trees alongside crops— to increase yields, provide livestock fodder, improve soil quality, regulate water flows and generate more income.
To read more about agroforestry and how farmers in the United States can benefit from learning about techniques being used by farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, see: Re-Greening the Sahel, An Evergreen Revolution? Using Trees to Nourish the Planet, It’s About More Than Trees at the World Agroforestry Centre, Trees as Crops in Africa, and Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use.