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A Review of the Agroforestry Systems of Costa Rica

Literature: Journal Articles

Redondo-Brenes, A. 2004, "A Review of the Agroforestry Systems of Costa Rica", Journal of Sustainable Forestry, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 97-119.


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Journal of Sustainable Forestry

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Species Info

  • Alnus acuminata
  • Callophylum brasiliense
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Cedrela odorata (exotic)
  • Erythrina berteroana
  • Jacaranda copaia
  • Stryphnodendron microstachyum
  • Vochysia guatemalensis
  • Vochysia ferruginea
  • Hyeronima alchorneoides
  • Erythrina poeppigiana (exotic)
  • Gliricidia sepium
  • Erythrina lanceolata
  • Terminalia amazonia
  • Inga edulis (exotic)
  • Eucalyptus deglupta (exotic)
  • Acacia mangium (exotic)
  • Virola koschnyi
  • Dipteryx panamensis
  • Terminalia oblonga
  • Pentaclethra macroloba
  • Calliandra calothyrsus


  • This literature review provides a historical overview of agroforestry systems in Costa Rica from the 1970s to the present.
  • Agroforestry systems in Costa Rica have evolved since the 1970s to include an increasing number of species.
  • Over time, different tree species have been evaluated to determine their adaptability and rates of growth.
  • Different agroforestry systems are discussed including: plantation crop combinations, taungya systems, improved fallows, silvopastoral systems, multipurpose trees on crop lands, home gardens, and alley cropping.  
  • The author recommends that future research on agroforestry focus on the adoptability of new techniques and farmer acceptance.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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