Supported by: World Agroforestry Centre East and Central Asia (ICRAF-ECA)
Location: Myanmar
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“Agroforestry Alternatives to Shifting Cultivation in Upland Myanmar” aims to build a knowledge base and provide a knowledge platform aimed at improving local capacity for transforming shifting cultivation systems into more productive and resilient agroforestry systems. Farmers in Myanmar often adopt permanent cropping systems, which are based on currently marketable cash crops and rely on heavy inputs of agrochemicals. Agroforestry systems use nutrient cycling between tree and crop layers as a means of maintaining productivity, which offers a more sustainable alternative to the burning of woody biomass (in shifting cultivation systems) or the use of chemical fertilizer (in modern cropping systems).