Agri 2022

Sustainable Agriculture: Role of agroforestry for food security and livelihood improvement

Bhimappa Honnappa Kittur

Bhimappa Honnappa Kittur, Speaker at Agricultural Conferences 2022
Indian Institute of Forest Management, India
Title : Sustainable Agriculture: Role of agroforestry for food security and livelihood improvement


Unsustainable agricultural practices, especially monocropping, pose a high risk of crop failure. Crop diversification to increase outputs is vital for the sustenance of the livelihoods of the farming community. The prim essentiality of sustainable development and positioning plays a critical role in the development of the country. The agroforestry approach is widely recognized as a nature-based solution to multiple societal challenges and to achieve sustainable development goals. In this session, we explain how agroforestry bridge the land-use system that often separates agriculture and forestry. Firstly, trees in the farmland can diversify yields (flowers, gums, resins, fodder, fuelwood, etc.) and significantly improve financial capital even during crop uncertainties. Secondly, agroforestry has a vital role to improve human health by providing diverse nutritious food, and can generate significant employment in cultural and tending operations. The later section emphasizes decision-making in agroforestry and explains how their management is innately linked with gender. In a broader sense, agroforestry has a wider scope, their ultimate success relied on post-harvest management operations including value addition, market link, buyback system, and other stakeholder involvement to ensure the maximum price realization for the farmers.


Dr. Kittur is presently working with the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India. He attained PhD: Forestry (Silviculture & Agroforestry) from Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, MSc: Forestry from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, BSc: Forestry from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka. Postgraduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Management from Gandhi Institute of Technology & Management, Andra Pradesh, Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship from Annamalai University, TamilNadu, Awarded ICAR All India Junior Research Fellow with 32 ranking in MSc., Awarded Kerala Agricultural University Senior Research Fellowship for PhD. He has a number of articles on agroforestry and forest fire.

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