Agroforestry in Bolivia: Opportunities and Challenges in the Context of Food Security and Food Sovereignty

Jacobi, Johanna (2016). Agroforestry in Bolivia: Opportunities and Challenges in the Context of Food Security and Food Sovereignty. Environmental Conservation, 43(04), pp. 1-10. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0376892916000138

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Agroforestry systems have long been implemented in Bolivia, but little is known about their overall current status. Interviews with farmers, policymakers and members of civil society organizations about the challenges and opportunities that agroforestry faces, as well as field visits to agroforestry projects revealed a wide range of agroforestry initiatives in Bolivia that provide ecosystem services, food and income to local families. All interviewees attributedahighpotentialtoagroforestry,forexample, to promote biodiversity, water conservation, food sovereignty and adaptation to climate change impacts. However, agroforestry initiatives lacked support because government incentives were channelled to cattle rearing and large-scale monocultures rather than diversified farming systems, and agroforestry initiatives tended to be small and isolated. A nationwide policy is needed which is coordinated with civil society organizations and individual farmers and strategically and efficiently supports agroforestry initiatives – especially in the most vulnerable first years of establishment – through extension services and access to materials, markets, knowledge and financial resources.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
UniBE Contributor: Jacobi, Johanna
ISSN: 0376-8929
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Language: English
Submitter: Stephan Schmidt
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2016 02:02
Publisher DOI: 10.1017/S0376892916000138
Additional Information: (online first, July 2016)
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.84989
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84989

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