Introductory note

These manuals are in Adobe PDF format and have each been formatted for on-line access from the links below above. To read the manuals, Adobe's PDF reader is required, preferably configured for browser integration. The reader is available for download at

Archived (zip) versions of the complete manuals, for users who prefer to read or print off-line, will be availed on this page as soon as they are ready. The PDF reader and PKZip, Winzip or any PKZip compatible decompression software will be necessary to access the files.

The production and publication of the manuals was financially assisted generously by: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Germany (BMZ), Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit, Germany (GTZ), Department for International Development, UK (DFID), Direct Support to Training Institutions in Developing Countries Programme, The Netherlands (DSO) and Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales Agrícolas y Pecuarias, Mexico (INIFAP).



Community Nurseries


At ICRAF we see that the future of trees is on farms, but what will that future hold if farmers do not have access to high quality seed and seedlings? The opportunity for significant economic development will be missed. We believe, therefore, that developing and implementing farm- and community-based systems for the production of good tree seed and seedlings is one of our highest priorities.

In this book, Kevyn Wightman has synthesized a wealth of information about nursery practices, and added her own formidable experience and insights to offer very useful guidelines for managers of community and project nurseries. The manual includes not only what to do, but also why to do it. Nursery managers and others will find this a valuable reference."

 - From the foreword

Download the English version PDF files in one zip file (705 KB)
Download the Spanish version PDF files in one zip file (668 KB)

Community Nurseries (Spanish edition)

Research Nurseries


"Research today into the domestication and performance of hundreds of agroforestry tree species is accompanying efforts to see the results of our research reach more people. The starting point for this is the tree, and the starting point for the tree is the nursery.

In this volume, Hannah Jaenicke has incorporated ideas and experiences from her own work and that of partners dealing with agroforestry tree species, and findings from published literature, to produce an invaluable technical guide.

By producing and using better quality tree seedlings in research nurseries, the results of such research will provide maximum benefit to small-scale farmers who are planting trees. Greater recognition of the role of good tree nursery practices and quality tree seedlings in ensuring sustainable and profitable agroforestry systems is needed. This manual aims to promote such recognition among researchers."

 - From the foreword

Download the English version PDF files in one zip file (376 KB)