Agroforestry can help mitigate climate change in India

In an article published in the Huffington Post India, Tony Simons, Director General (ICRAF) says that if India wants to plant more trees to increase its forest cover without taking land away from people, it would have to be on agricultural land and farms.

Incorporating fruit trees in farms -India. Photo: ICRAF/Charlie Pye-Smith

Incorporating fruit trees in farms -India. Photo: ICRAF/Charlie Pye-Smith

The ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris aimed at reaching a decisive turning point on how all countries, acting together under an agreed and a transparent legal framework, will set out a pathway to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Without strong action, temperatures are likely to exceed 2 degrees which will result in serious consequences among them disruptions to agriculture and food production.

Agroecological practices such as agroforestry which supply the nutritional needs of people without harming the natural resource base on which all life depends come highly recommended. See more on this blog.

“Trees are wonderful. They are the largest living things, the oldest living things. Trees made the world inhabitable for humans,” said Simons. “Nothing is better than a tree for sequestering carbon, nothing is better than a tree for bringing up water from depth.”

The article goes on to explain how planting trees near agricultural fields is better than just planting trees when it comes to combating climate change

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See also: With trees on farms, climate-change mitigation is a co-benefit of broader socioeconomic gains

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