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AGROFORESTRY COMBINES AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

It is a kind of cultivation in which not just one crop is planted at a given piece of land (monoculture) but it is intercropped with different trees. In this case, rubber trees are integrated into an ecosystem consisting of other trees, plants and even fruits and vegetables.

 
Dr. Sara Bumrungsri, Natural Scientist, PSU Thailand

Dr. Sara Bumrungsri, Natural Scientist, PSU Thailand

“It's a biodiversity hotspot. Everything comes here: the birds, the bees, the insects.”

 

4 IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF AGROFORESTRY RUBBER

Various research on agroforestry rubber systems has been conducted. For the area of our initiative in Southern Thailand e.g. this one is representative: Rubber agroforestry in Thailand provides some biodiversity benefits without reducing yields. 

 

1. ENHANCING BIODIVERSITY + REDUCING ATMOSPHERIC CO2

Enhancing biodiversity is taken into account in those agroforestry systems, without reducing latex yields. It is also scientifically proven that biodiversity lowers the CO2 in the atmosphere: Plants are capturing CO2 through photosynthesis so it can be stored in the soil.

Monoculture vs. Agroforestry

 

DIVE DEEPER INTO THE BENEFITS OF AGROFORESTRY RUBBER

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 You still want to learn more? This research by Mighty Earth highlights the feasability of rubber cultivation in agroforestry systems.

RUBBER AGROFORESTRY FEASIBILITY AT SCALE

RUBBER AGROFORESTRY FEASIBILITY AT SCALE REPORT SUMMARY

 
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GROWING RUBBER TREES WITHIN FORESTS IS A GREAT WAY TO RECONCILE NATURE’S NECESSITIES WITH HUMAN NEEDS.