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    For Good Measure: Establishing a Baseline for Agroforestry Projects in Haiti

    Summary

    Agroforestry is the art and science of growing trees and other crops together in the same unit of land for a range of benefits (Huxley, 1999). These systems represent the most widespread form of small-scale tree planting in the world (Long & Nair, 1999). Addressing existing and expected rates of global population growth and subsequent increases in poverty and hunger will likely require a range of agricultural production methods. Conventional farming methods rely heavily on plant breeding and chemical inputs to achieve high yields of annual crops grown in monocultures (single-crop systems). From a food production standpoint, the problem with these methods is twofold: they rely on increasingly expensive nonrenewable petrochemical resources, and they compromise food security – since monocultures are more susceptible to catastrophic failure.

    The goal of this research is to design and test a method for recording and evaluating results of agroforestry projects from multiple viewpoints, including the views of the participating landowners. Anticipated project outputs will consist of: field verified maps of baseline information for the study area(s), maps of Haitian farmers’ desired future conditions for their farms, and a repeatable method for establishing a baseline of existing and desired future conditions from which to measure project success.

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    Joel Grogan is a graduate student in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. He has over 10 years experience in the environmental field, working in riparian restoration, plant propagation, and urban water conservation. His academic interests are focused on the interactions between ecology, economy, and culture. Upon graduation, he plans to continue to apply his professional and academic experience working in landscape planning, urban forestry, and academic research.

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