Living with the Trees of LifeTowards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture
By R Leakey, Professor of Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, James Cook University, Australia
Based on the career of Roger Leakey, the former Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, this book presents the experiences of real life situations in rural villages of remote and distant places. Living with the Trees of Life demonstrates how the multi-disciplinary science of agroforestry, which embraces biology, genetics, ecology, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, soil science, food science, and the social sciences, can offer hope from the doom and gloom often emanating from the tropics. Written in an accessible and engaging style that will appeal to both a professional and general readership, this book takes a more positive approach to the issues facing agriculture and highlights an innovative approach to resolving the big issues of poverty, malnutrition, hunger and environmental degradation including climate change.
Students and researchers within agroforestry, agriculture, natural resources and international development. Also the socially and environmentally aware public.
1. Revelations in Kumba 2. The Big Global Issues 3. Journeys of Discovery in Agroforestry 4. Diversity and Function in Farming Systems 5. Finding the Trees of Life 6. Selecting the Best Trees 7. Vegetative Propagation 8. Case Studies from the Pacific 9. Marketing Tree Products 10. Redirecting Agriculture - Going Multifunctional11. Multifunctional Agriculture - Proof of Concept12. The Convenient Truths
"In 'Living with the Trees of Life', Roger Leakey brings agroforestry to life, in a unique style. He couples the importance of producing the tree products needed for life with their role in farming systems as promoters of environmental and ecosystem services. Roger expertly bridges the divide that often exists between trees in forests and trees on farms based on his vast experience of research in the tropics. Roger profiles a number of success stories in the domestication of wild forest species within agricultural systems, demonstrating the role of farmers in the process and the contributions that these on-farm trees make to the livelihoods of the farmers. This book is a ‘must read’ for all advocates of sustainable agriculture, and of tropical forestry and agroforestry. The lively and easy style in which the book is written will also make it of interest to non-professionals. I recommend the book strongly."Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah, Deputy Director General, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy.
Leakey Prof. Roger Leakey was a former Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF 1993-1997) and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001-2006). He is Vice President of the International Society of Tropical Foresters and is Vice Chairman of the International Tree Foundation. He holds a number of Fellowships in learned societies, universities and international research centres. In 2006-09 he was a Coordinating Lead Author in the Global Report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) which examined the impact of agriculture on the environmentally, socially and economically sustainability of rural development worldwide over the last 50 years. The author also initiated what has become a global programme to start the domestication of wild fruit and nut trees that traditionally were the staple diet of people before the advent of modern agriculture
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