Evergreen agriculture can boost Phillipines reforestation program

In an article published by Business World, Jose Rene C. Gayo, Vice-Chair, Management Association of the Philippines explains how evergreen agriculture, a science-based solution by the World Agroforestry Centre that combines agroforestry with the principles of conservation farming could boost the country's regreening program. Phillipines has an ambitious national greening program to reforest 1.5million ha with 1.5 billion trees by 2016. Read here about the program. According to Jose Rene, evergreen agriculture provides incentives to farmers and communities. "The addition of agroforestry to conservation farming offers multiple livelihood benefits to farmers, including sources of green fertilizer to build healthier soils and enhance crop production, and providing fruits, medicines, livestock fodder, timber and fuel wood," he says. He further adds that the value of evergreen agriculture  has been highlighted in a recent UN report on sustainable development as the evergreen revolution that “increases productivity while reducing resources intensity and protects biodiversity.”

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