Trees are integral to our traditional farming systems, for the innumerable benefits that they provide. However, over time, with shrinking land holdings, annual crops replaced trees for various reasons. Trees complement farming in terms of manure, fodder and fuel needs of the farmer. They form the backbone for practicing integrated farming systems which is necessary for self reliant and sustainable agriculture. With the climate change impacts being already felt, including trees in farming becomes more crucial than ever before. Also, trees considered as carbon sinks, are one of the well known ways of reducing the global warming effects. In this issue we present experiences where farmers have integrated and practiced tree based farming, reaping rich benefits, individually and for the community as well.
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Narayan G Hegde
R K Maikhuri and Vikram S Negi
Allan Thomas, S Bhaskaran, Sajan Kurien and
Usha C Thomas
M Ashok Kumar
Shalini Misra, R.K. Maikhuri and Deepak Dhyani
K V S Krishna
B V Sherkar and R C Kote