A broad definition of agroforestry has been used, and the projects represent a wide range of approaches and ecological conditions, from village woodlots in Ethiopia to intercropping with legumes in Cameroon. Their combined experience provides an important insight into the potential of agroforestry, and vital clues as to how projects can be designed better in the future. The projects have been in existence for an average of nine years.
The book has three parts: Part I summarizes the overall lessons from experience to date; Part II presents project profiles; and Part III uses the profiles to illustrate and discuss a number of key elements in project design and implementation.
The study demonstrates the potential for agroforestry and the difficulties of putting it into practice. It emphasizes there are no simple agroforestry solutions and no instant results.