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Understanding the values behind farmer perceptions of trees on farms to increase adoption of agroforestry in Australia

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Agronomy for Sustainable Development, January 2019 - Aysha Fleming, Anthony P O'Grady, Daniel Menham, Jacqueline England, Patrick Mitchell, Martin Moroni, Arthur Lyons

Agriculture faces increasing sustainability pressures. Land intensification and degradation, energy use and inputs, complex environmental management, social issues facing farming communities and climate change are just some of the headline sustain-ability concerns threatening the viability of farming. Simultaneously, there is a need to increase food and fibre production and resource use efficiency.

For many of these sustainability issues, increasing the number of trees planted in agricultural systems, or agroforestry, can improve the productivity and sustainability of future rural agricultural landscapes. In many parts of the world, the benefits of agroforestry remain under-realised.

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