Agricultural expansion is a major driver of deforestation. Given a growing population and the projected growth in demand for food, fuel and fibre it will continue to exert the greatest pressure on the remaining forest areas. To tackle deforestation it is critical we clearly understand the relationship between agricultural production systems and their impact on forest landscapes. There continues to be a knowledge gap in our understanding that can, and has, led to the prescription of seemingly intuitive but likely erroneous or partial solutions.
This discussion paper aims to advance our understanding of the relationship between forests and agriculture and to propose solutions. To this end the paper develops an assessment framework. It is hoped that the paper will provide guidance to scholars, policy makers and development practitioners to further enrich their understanding and guide them to identify and introduce appropriate interventions that can balance objectives in the forestry and agriculture sectors. In the context of climate change it is no longer a desire but a need to keep the world’s forests standing.
The paper has been written by SNV's experts Adrian Enright, Hans Harmen Smit and Richard McNally.
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