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Agroforestry

  • By: Chris S. Duvall
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Agroforestry is a term related to land use whose exact meaning has changed as different approaches to studying land use have arisen. The oldest use of the term, as the adjective agroforestal, was to name a category of land use. This meaning was introduced in the 1930s and was firmly established by the 1950s, a period when the areal differentiation approach in geography was prominent. Originally, agroforestry was used when an observer considered agriculture and forestry as distinct land uses but wished to combine these categories in mapping or analysis. This concept reflected the traditional view that agriculture did not include the cultivation or management of trees and that forestry did not pertain to herbaceous plants. Although this narrow meaning has not been entirely superseded, ...

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