Operationalizing Agrobiodiversity Assessment: Functional biodiversity in Agroforestry Systems.

By Daniel Callo-Concha.

A report about an evaluation study conducted in an agroforestry system to assess functional biodiversity. The research site was the The sample included 70 farms in the municipality of Tomé-Açú, Pará state in the Brazilian Amazon, a region well-known for its long-ago established agroforestry systems. The results of the case study revealed that the most relevant factors supporting functional biodiversity in agroforestry systems are: (1) the farmers’ technical qualification, (2) their preference for low impact techniques, (3) their capacity to adapt to environmental, social and political changes, (4) the diversification of species composition at plot level, (5) the increase in the use of perennial species, and (6) the financial profitability of the system.

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