Agroforestry Tree Domestication: A primer

Agroforestry Tree Domestication: A primer

Agroforestry is all about using trees on farms and in landscapes for the benefit of rural communities and other land users. At the centre of agroforestry innovation and adoption is the agroforestry tree or shrub that provides products and services such as fruit, fodder, firewood, timber, medicine, soil fertility, shade, erosion control and carbon sequestration.

Research on tree domestication is undertaken by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) through one of its science Domains, the Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery (SD3).


    The purpose of publishing Agroforestry tree domestication: a primer is
  1. To provide an opportunity to synthesise basic information about important agroforestry tree domestication issues, using recent research results obtained by ICRAF and its collaborating partners
  2. To provide a resource for learners and teachers to use and contextualise for their own purposes. Our intention is to update the primer regularly, so that readers will have access to the latest information on the subject. We welcome input.

For this first version, resource persons from ICRAF, in collaboration with a number of other authors, have developed a series of 15 units structured into 5 modules on key topics related to agroforestry tree domestication.

Citation: Dawson I, Harwood C, Jamnadass R, Beniest J (eds.) (2012)
Agroforestry tree domestication: a primer. The World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. 148 pp