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Earth Institute Research Projects

Agroforestry for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ABES) Project 

Lead PI: Dr. Sean Smukler

Unit Affiliation: Agriculture & Food Security Center

May 2012 - May 2017
Inactive
North America ; El Salvador
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project aims to contribute to restoration and conservation of hillside ecosystems of El Salvador by adapting and disseminating agroforestry based production systems as climate-smart, eco-efficient agricultural options. The purpose of this project is to assess the potential for slash and mulch agroforestry systems to increase farm productivity, profitability, and capacity to adapt to climate change and impact landscape biodiversity and other ecosystem services through a combination of on-farm field studies, landscape inventories and remote sensing analysis in a mountain agricultural region in north-central El Salvador.

OUTCOMES: Enhance biodiversity conservation and other multiple ecosystem services at plot and landscape scales through a widespread application of sustainable agriculture in farming communities for sub-humid hillside areas of El Salvador.

SPONSOR:

U.S. Agency for International Development

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$1,300,000

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

University of British Columbia, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

KEYWORDS

food climate ecology nutrition eco-efficient agriculture hillside ecosystems agroforestry

THEMES

Sustainable living