‘Forests and agriculture, although often considered as separate or conflicting entities, are actually interlinked. Agricultural intensification and expansion are the primary drivers of global forest loss accounting for 11% of total global carbon emissions. Forest conversion negatively impacts biodiversity, reduces ecosystem resilience and also affects ecosystem services such as pollination, nutrient cycling and soil fertility that are crucial for the long-term sustainability of agriculture itself. The impacts of global climate change further exacerbate the production and nutritional value of major crops, biodiversity and ecosystem services.’
A new article by Joli Rumi Borah and Terry Sunderland on how forests and trees play a crucial role in sustaining agriculture. The article is available here.