Agriculture and forest: A sustainable strategy in the Brazilian Amazon



http://www.alice.cnptia.embrapa.br/handle/doc/1052202
ISSN: 
1835-2707
Licensing of resource: 
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
Type: 
journal article
Journal: 
Australian Journal of Crop Science
Number: 
8
Pages: 
1136-1143
Volume: 
10
Year: 
2016
Author(s): 
Martorano L. G.
Siviero M. A.
Tourne D. C. M.
Vieira S. B.
Fitzjarrald D. R.
Vettorazzi C. A.
Brienza Junior S.
Yared J. A. G.
Meyering E.
Lisboa L. S. S.
Description: 

Large-scale agriculture is increasing in anthropogenically modified areas in the Amazon Basin. Crops such as soybean, maize, oil palm, and others are being introduced to supply the world demand for food and energy. However, the current challenge is to enhance the sustainability of these areas by increasing efficiency of production chains and to improve environmental services. The Amazon Basin has experienced a paradigm shift away from the traditional slash-and-burn agricultural practices, which offers decision makers the opportunity to make innovative interventions to enhance the productivity in previously degraded areas by using trees to ecological advantage. This study describes a successful experiment integrating the production of soybean and paricá (Glycine max L. and Schizolobium amazonicum) based on previous research that indicated potential topoclimatic zones for planting paricá in the Brazilian state of Pará. The authors concluded that innovative interventions are important to show local farmers that it is possible to adapt an agroforest system to large-scale production, thus changing the Amazon.

Publication year: 
2016
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