The Forest Department strongly influences agroforestry design, tree species selection, and the participation and motivation of farmers to plant trees. Farmers perceive trees as harmful to crops and have avoided planting them near crops. We recommend considering farmers’ preferences, establishing farmers’ field schools, and increasing their awareness about the benefits of trees to improve adoption rates of agroforestry systems.
Agricultural encroachment; Agroforestry; Forest governance; Perception; Deforestation; Degraded forest
San, S.M., Kumar, N., Biber-Freudenberger, L. et al. Agroforestry-based community forestry as a large-scale strategy to reforest agricultural encroachment areas in Myanmar: ambition vs. local reality. Annals of Forest Science 80, 27 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-023-01191-x
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This article is part of the Topical Collection “Socio-ecological conflicts in forest management: risks of (not) adapting?”