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Agroforestry adoption in Haiti: the importance of household and farm characteristics

Literature: Journal Articles

Bannister, M. E., and P. K. R. Nair. 2003. Agroforestry adoption in Haiti: The importance of household and farm characteristics. Agroforestry Systems 57: 149–157. doi:10.1023/A:1023973623247

Contact Info

Corresponding Author: Mike Bannister,


Center for Subtropical Agroforestry, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, P.O. Box 110831, Gainesville, FL 32611-0831, USA  


Agroforestry Systems

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  • This paper makes a case for the need of basic understanding of how smallholder farmers value and care for trees, and their decision making process in choosing agroforestry techniques.
  • A study was conducted across rural Haiti using a large-sample, 2-part questionaire based survey, to interview smallholder participants in an agroforestry project funded by USAID about: 1) their household characteristics (age, education, gender, immigration status, etc) 2) field characteristics (slope, distance from home, soil fertility,etc)
  • The project implemented several reforestation strategies, including hedgerows, tree seedlings and top grafting, of which farmers adapted one or more.
  • General results indicated that household characteristics influenced the degree to which participants grafted trees, the density of trees found in their field, and the amount of money they made from tree products. Those who grafted tended to be wealthier, while farmers with less secured tenure were more likely to implement hedgerow systems.
  • Better understanding of farmer value systems and decision making can lead to more effectively targeted restoration projects

Geographical Region

  • Caribbean Islands
  • Country

  • Haiti
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