Falling by the wayside
In many parts of the world, agroforestry is transforming the lives of rural communities. Species such as rubber, cocoa, mango and teak are major cash crops. Nitrogen-fixing trees improve soil fertility; fodder trees improve milk yields; and trees provide fuelwood, fruits, fibre, medicines and much else. Agroforestry can also help farmers adapt to climate change and sequester carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for global warming.However, agroforestry can only achieve its full potential if farmers have access to high-quality tree seeds and seedlings. The fact that so many lack such access amounts to a great scandal – one which has been largely ignored by governments and policymakers.This booklet tells a story which deserves the widest possible audience.