Agroforestry I: Principles and Practices

University of Florida

Discover the integrated approach of agroforestry with the "Agroforestry I: Principles and Practices" course. This comprehensive program, offered by the University of Florida, delves into the multifunctional benefits of growing trees and crops in interacting combinations, providing sustainable land-use solutions.

The course covers a broad overview of the most current research and best practices in global agroforestry. From understanding the principles and concepts to exploring agroforestry systems in different climatic zones and their impact on ecosystem services and food security, this course equips learners with essential knowledge for sustainable land-use management.

  • Gain insights into the scientific developments and definition of agroforestry
  • Explore agroforestry systems in tropics, subtropics, and temperate zones
  • Understand the productivity of agroforestry (tree) species and soil management techniques
  • Learn about climate change mitigation, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem services
  • Discover the role of agroforestry in achieving sustainable development goals and food security

Join this course to enhance your understanding of sustainable land-use practices and contribute to global efforts in agroforestry and environmental conservation.

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Agroforestry I: Principles and Practices
Course Modules

This comprehensive course comprises nine modules that cover a wide range of topics, including scientific developments, agroforestry systems in different climatic zones, tree species productivity, soil management, climate change, and ecosystem services. Students will gain in-depth knowledge and practical insights into sustainable land-use management.

Introduction: A Synthesis of Scientific Developments in Agroforestry

Module 1 provides a comprehensive overview of scientific developments in agroforestry. From understanding the principles to the companion textbook, students gain a strong foundation in this integrated approach.

Definitions, Concepts, Classification and Global Distribution

Module 2 delves into the definitions, concepts, and global distribution of agroforestry systems, providing insights into their classification and diverse applications across the world.

Agroforestry Systems in the Tropics and Subtropics

Module 3 focuses on agroforestry systems in the tropics and subtropics, exploring their unique characteristics, challenges, and contributions to sustainable land-use practices.

Agroforestry Systems in the Temperate Zones

Module 4 explores agroforestry systems in temperate zones, offering a comparative analysis and practical insights into their suitability and impact on land-use management.

Agroforestry (Tree) Species and Their Productivity

Module 5 provides a detailed understanding of agroforestry (tree) species and their productivity, essential for sustainable crop and wood production in agroforestry systems.

Soil Management and Agroforestry

Module 6 emphasizes the critical role of soil management in agroforestry, offering practical techniques and insights for maintaining soil quality and fertility within agroforestry systems.

Climate Change, Carbon Sequestration and Agroforestry Systems

Module 7 delves into the impact of climate change on agroforestry systems, focusing on carbon sequestration, mitigation strategies, and their role in sustainable land-use practices.

Ecosystem Services of Agroforestry

Module 8 explores the diverse ecosystem services provided by agroforestry, including biodiversity conservation, climate regulation, and soil quality improvement, highlighting their multifunctional benefits.

Food Security, Sustainable Development Goals and Agroforestry

Module 9 discusses the role of agroforestry in achieving food security and sustainable development goals, offering insights into its contributions to global efforts in environmental conservation and sustainable land-use management.

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