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Living with the Trees of Life


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1: Revelations in Kumba 2: The Big Global Issues 3: Journeys of Discovery in Agroforestry 4: Diversity and Function in Farming Systems 5: Finding the Trees of Life 6: Selecting the Best Trees 7: Vegetative Propagation 8: Case Studies from the Pacific 9: Marketing Tree Products 10: Redirecting Agriculture - Going Multifunctional 11: Multifunctional Agriculture - Proof of Concept 12: The Convenient Truths

About the Author

Roger B. Leakey is Professor of Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, James Cook University, Australia.


Summarizing decades of his pioneering research and field work throughout the tropics, Roger Leakey validates the integrated use of trees in agricultural systems for sustainable food production, ecosystem management, and income generation. Based on his personal journey he presents solutions for reversing patterns of land degradation, climate change and poverty. Living with the Trees of Life presents practical, common sense solutions that will uplift and empower farmers, educators, assistance providers, and policymakers."--Craig Elevitch, Director
While the issue of a growing world population seems almost an insurmountable topic on the global stage, Roger Leakey's book shines a small beam of hope about practical means and ways to sustainable food security and more importantly nutritional security: where communities are able to source a balanced diet, including sufficient amounts of essential trace elements, micro-nutrients and vitamins, from the crops that they produce themselves.

Roger Leakey's book is highly readable and written in an accessible and lively style. The chapters loosely follow some of the author's travels across the world, primarily in the tropics, as he travels for work and projects. Discussing both the successes and challenges of using trees as crops and incorporating them into various farming systems, the examples drawn directly from the field and written with much humanity and insight make for thought provoking reading.--Dino Martins (3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)

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