Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 314

Full Length Research Paper

Initiatives of tropical agroforestry to sustainable agriculture: A case study of Capasia Village, Northern Bangladesh

S. A. Rahman1*, F. D. Paras2, S. R. Khan3, A. Imtiaj4, K. M. Farhana5, M. M. Toy6, M. B. Akhand7 and T. Sunderland1
1Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor Barat 16680, Indonesia. 2Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines. 3Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. 4Department of Botany, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. 5Department of Sociology, University of Padova, Italy. 6Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 7Intervida (Bangladesh Country office), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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  •  Accepted: 08 February 2011
  •  Published: 17 September 2013


A relatively large percentage of the population in Bangladesh lives under the poverty line and is affected by the country’s degrading natural resources. Agroforestry has been seen as one of the few options to lift people out of poverty. Research into the costs and benefits of agroforestry was undertaken in Capasia Village in Northern Bangladesh. Initial results indicate that agroforestry may not only be an optimal livelihood solution for poor farmers, biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability but agroforestry systems also provide good economic rates of return. Thus the farmers who engage in agroforestry are benefited in different ways.


Key words: Agroforestry, poverty, farmers, livelihoods, conservation.