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Growing agroforestry trees: Farmers’ experiences with individual and group nurseries in Claveria, Philippines

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Garcia, M.B. 2002, "Growing agroforestry trees: Farmers’ experiences with individual and group nurseries in Claveria, Philippines", World Agroforestry Center - ICRAF, Claveria, Philippines.


  • World Agroforestry Center, ICRAF



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  • This paper presents a case-study of an agroforestry project in Claveria, Philippines, which specifically identifies the benefits and constraints of group and individual nurseries as perceived by participating farmers.
  • The results are based on interviews conducted with 32 farmers with household nurseries, many of whom had participated previously in group nursery activities.
  • Participants cited a lack of coordination and improper management and seedling maintenance as disadvantages to group nurseries, while the primary benefits of participating in a group nursery is to learn and exchange ideas, to diminish costs of supplies, and to ensure adequate protection from animals.
  • The primary benefits of a household nursery included the ability to sell seedlings, to grow species with high demand, and to control the seed source.
  • Given the responses, the author recommends that group nurseries serve as learning centers and centers for knowledge exchange, rather than focusing primarily on output. 

Geographical Region

  • Insular Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • Philippines
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