Agroforestry farm, Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, India  ©TheWire

Agroforestry farm, Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, India



Agroforestry is a means of land-use management in which trees and shrubs are grown along agricultural and pasture land to enhance top soil stability and prevent erosion. They also enhance overall green-cover and biodiversity and function as buffers on the peripheries of the urban areas at the time of peak rainfall events. Through diverse strategies combining reforestation, horticulture and animal husbandry, agroforestry also increases crop production and local economic gains.

Primary Function

  • Slows flow rate of rain downstream

  • Protects from erosion

Added Benefits (versus a concrete channel)

  • Increased biodiversity

  • Reduces overheating with green surfaces

  • Carbon sequestration

  • Drought-resistant food supply

  • Nutritional and medicinal benefits through diversified crops

  • Potential timber production