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Participatory domestication of agroforestry trees: an example from the Peruvian Amazon

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Weber, J.C., Montes, C.S., Vidaurre, H., Dawson, I.K. & Simons, A.J. 2001, "Participatory Domestication of Agroforestry Trees: An Example from the Peruvian Amazon”, Development in Practice, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. pp. 425-433.


International Centre for Agroforestry Research (ICRAF)


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Species Info

  • Guazuma crinita
  • Calycophyllum spruceanum
  • Bactris gasipaes
  • Inga edulis


  • This paper describes a program through the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) to work with farming communities to domesticate native tree species for use in agroforestry and the conservation of tree diversity in their forests.
  • As part of the project, researchers consulted with farmers to, together, identify 150 tree species of interest for domestication, 23 of which with high priority.
  • For two fast-growing native species, Guazuma crinita and Calycophyllum spruceanum, farmers began in 1996 selecting genetic material for provenance testing.
  • Trees were selected following a systematic collection strategy for collection of seeds (seeds from 35 trees in each provenance population).
  • In the Aguaytia watershed, 20 farmers were selected in the lower, middle, and upper parts to participate in the on-farm provenance trials.
  • Tree growth and wood density was calculated.
  • In the lower, more nutrient poor, part of the watershed, one provenance of C. spruceanum had positive characteristics with respect to both tree growth and wood density.
  • The authors recommend that provenance trials on farms can be converted into seed orchards which can provide planting material for agroforestry and tree planting projects, provide seed to neighbors and timber companies, provide poles and fuelwood to the farmers, and overall provide at least $US 1,000 per year to the farmers per 1 ha lot of C. spruceanum or G. crinita.

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Peru
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