Agroforestry is putting down roots in East Africa

East African Governments have started to routinely embrace agroforestry practices in their national policies and legislations, reports Africa Science News last week.

Experts contend that agroforestry has gained a footing in national political discourse as leaders hail its ability to reverse shrinking forest cover, boost livelihoods and productive sectors of the economy, the article says.

The World Agroforestry Centre’s Director of Partnerships, Professor August Temu, is quoted extensively on agroforestry’s rehabilitative capabilities and governments’ enthusiasm for adopting the practice in a bid to boost food security, environmental sustainability as well as achieving a green economy.

Professor Temu said East African countries have taken up agroforestry and have embedded the practice in agriculture and environmental conservation practices.

“Kenya has just gazetted a policy that mandates farmers to ensure trees occupy 10 percent of the farmland. Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has expressed interest in agroforestry and has consulted World Agroforestry Centre on how to promote the practice in the country. Rwanda and Tanzania are also at the forefront of scaling up agroforestry,” Temu revealed.

Read the article in Africa Science News here.