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Contextual Analysis of Agroforestry Adoption in the Buffer Zone of Podocarpus National Park, Ecuador

Literature: Journal Articles

Bond, A.C. 2009, "Contextual Analysis of Agroforestry Adoption in the Buffer Zone of Podocarpus National Park, Ecuador", Journal of Sustainable Forestry, vol. 28, no. 6-7, pp. 825-843.


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  • This paper provides an analysis of the socio-economic factors affecting land use in the buffer zone of a national park in Ecuador, especially as they relate to the success and failure of agroforestry adoption by small farmers.
  • Land use in the buffer zone is presented as the result of a dynamic and complicated social process.
  • Land settlement in the area, for example, has been encouraged by government policies that provide incentives for settling in remote frontier zones; however, this settlement has been unorganized and unsustainable, causing resource degradation.
  • The promotion of sustainable agroforestry practices is hindered by policies that require land-clearing in these frontier regions.
  • Adoption of agroforestry systems is often limited due to many small farmers' perception of it as a risky, new technology, especially when food security is their principal concern.
  • The author recommends three reforms to encourage agroforestry in the buffer zone: (1) reform of property rights and land planning; (2) capacity building for communities and relative organizations to facilitate adoption and implementation of agroforestry techniques; (3) the provision of incentives to farmers to adopt sustainable agricultural systems.

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Ecuador
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