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Building Agroforestry Policy Bottom-Up: Knowledge of Czech Farmers on Trees in Farmland

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Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Florenci 3, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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The Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Academy of Sciences, Lidická 971, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Department of Environmental Studies, Faculty pf Social Studies, Masaryk University, Joštova 218/10, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Academic Editor: Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt
Land 2021, 10(3), 278; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030278
Received: 22 February 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 8 March 2021
Czech agriculture is dealing with the consequences of climate change. Agroforestry cultures are being discursively reintroduced for better adaptability and resilience, with the first practical explorations seen in the field. Scholars have been working with farmers and regional stakeholders to establish a baseline for making agroforestry policy viable and sustainable. In a research effort that lasted three years, a large group of Czech farmers was interviewed via questionnaire surveys, standardized focus groups and in-depth personal interviews regarding their knowledge of agroforestry systems, their willingness to participate in these systems, and their concerns and expectations therewith. The information obtained helped the researchers gain better understanding of issues related to implementation of these systems. It was found that although trees are present on Czech farms and farmers appreciate their aesthetic and ecological landscape functions, knowledge about possible local synergies with crops and animals is lacking. This local knowledge gap, together with lack of market opportunities for the output of agroforestry systems and undeveloped administrative processes, have been identified as the greatest obstacles to the establishment of agroforestry systems. The researchers argue that the discovered cognitive and technological “lock-in” of the farmers may represent a risk to climate change adaptability and resilience. For the development of complex and localised land use (e.g., agroforestry) in such a context, the researchers suggest participative on-farm research, which would broaden the local knowledge base related to ecology and entrepreneurship. View Full-Text
Keywords: agroforestry policy; participatory approach; local knowledge; climate change agroforestry policy; participatory approach; local knowledge; climate change
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Krčmářová, J.; Kala, L.; Brendzová, A.; Chabada, T. Building Agroforestry Policy Bottom-Up: Knowledge of Czech Farmers on Trees in Farmland. Land 2021, 10, 278. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030278

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Krčmářová J, Kala L, Brendzová A, Chabada T. Building Agroforestry Policy Bottom-Up: Knowledge of Czech Farmers on Trees in Farmland. Land. 2021; 10(3):278. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030278

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Krčmářová, Jana; Kala, Lukáš; Brendzová, Alica; Chabada, Tomáš. 2021. "Building Agroforestry Policy Bottom-Up: Knowledge of Czech Farmers on Trees in Farmland" Land 10, no. 3: 278. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030278

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