Maintaining soil fertility is often one of the main challenges in agricultural production.
Intercropping is one of the options available to maintain soil fertility and crop yields. Other
benefits of intercropping are risk spreading, weed control and the decrease of pest and
In this Agrobrief, advantages and disadvantages of intercropping are
discussed. Examples of intercropping systems in all parts of the world and practical
implementations are presented for farmers who would like to start experimenting with
intercropping. Growing (fodder) trees in association with annual food crops and
agroforestry are other ways to maintain agricultural production in a sustainable manner.
For these topics you are referred to the Agrobrief ‘Fodder Trees’ and the Agrodok
‘Agroforestry’, also available from Agromisa Foundation.
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