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Tamarind orchards: Agroforestry for dry lands

Ravindranath, NH and Meili, A and Anita, R (1998) Tamarind orchards: Agroforestry for dry lands. In: International Conference on Technologies for Activities Implemented Jointly, MAY 26-29, 1997, Vancouver, Canada.

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Abstract

Agroforestry has a potential for sequestering as much carbon if not more than forests. Massive benefits can be channeled to small farmers and landless labourers through cultivation of Tamarind and other fast growing and fruit yielding trees. This paper describes a project started by small farmers and landless labourers in a semiarid areas of south India. The aim is to upgrade dryland holdings of the member families through economically sound dry land horticulture, community woodlots, and planting of fast growing species along orchard and field boundaries. The small farmers invest massive labour inputs and project gives economic benefits to change their land use practices and improve environmental quality. This paper describes the planning. processes of the project, hurdles in finding AIJ partners, current monitoring procedures and costs of C sequestration. This shows this project is economically viable on its own, but initially needed, and continues to need Carbon credit investment in order to spread rapidly across the geopolitical region covered by the organization. It argues that economic gains to small farmers and landless labourers are the most certain way of achieving massive biomass increase and soil carbon replenishment, and that multiple holistic benefits are achieved through this kind of project.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Pergamon Press Ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 07:40
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 07:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/43922

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