Agroforestry is a form of land use in which perennial woody plants such as trees or shrubs are planted on land where agricultural crops are grown and/or animals are kept. These elements can be combined either in spatial arrangement or in temporal sequence.(Definition according to J.Vogt, 1999)

Agroforestry systems are actually nothing new, as they have been managed for centuries. A classic example in Europe are orchard meadows. But in many places monocultures and industrial agriculture have replaced agroforestry systems, although they offer many advantages, especially for small farmers. In every agroforestry system there are several interactions between the different components, both eco-logical and economic. In general, agroforestry systems are multifunctional systems and can offer a wide range of economic, socio-cultural and ecological benefits.

Among these advantages are for example Increasing biodiversity on agricultural land and a closed nutrient cycle,but also economic advantages like the Independence from monopolists (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) and market prices for a specific product.Especially this point is a very important aspect for small farmers in developing countries, because, as in our projects, the seeds are grown by themselves and neither fertilizer nor pesticides are needed.

Agroforestry systems are also very interesting in terms of climate change, as they contribute to CO2 sequestration, e.g. by planting trees and improving soil quality, but are also more resistant to climatic changes and extreme weather events.

Our goal within the framework of TeoG projects is primarily to support local partners in the establishment of agroforestry demonstration farms and information events on agroforestry for small farmers. In 2016 Franziska Weissörtel from RG Munich started the project of an agroforestry demonstration farm in India. Currently we are transferring the findings through our RG Araranguá to a demonstration farm in Brazil. First conceptual approaches already exist to establish Agroforestry demonstration farms in Africa. Two of our members in Ghana have already started with first conceptual ideas.

current projects

August 2023 - now

Agroforestry Demonstration Farm in Tanzania, Boma Ng’gombe

Project Description: As a result of climate change, continuous…

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December 2020 - now

Agroforestry Demonstration Farm in Ghana

Project location Ghana is a tropical country in West…

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Completed Projects

January 2023 - October 2023

Tree planting actions in Kenya, Ngiya

In Kenya, many trees in rural areas are cut…

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May 2022 - August 2022

Second run: further school gardens in Kenya, Ngiya

Project description Background The Agroforestry project in Kenya goes…

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May 2022 - May 2023

Trees for Primary Schools in Tanzania, Hai District

Background The area is located on the western slope…

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May 2021 - March 2022

Agroforestry and school gardening in Kenya, Ngiya

Project description Background In Kenya, many trees in rural…

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October 2020 - April 2022

Rhein-Main Planting Event 2021, Germany

Trees do not only serve as CO2-storage, but also…

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August 2020 - July 2021

Agroforestry systems for small holder farmers in Brazil

Agroforestry technology offers many advantages over traditional agriculture with…

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July 2019 - October 2021

Reforestation in Germany, Schwarzenborn

Wiederaufforstung hilft uns, unsere CO2 Bilanz auszugleichen. Wir freuen…

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