Trees provide food, timber, fuel and medicine for people and animals. They protect the environment and improve living conditions, for they provide shade and shelter, prevent soil erosion and sustain soil fertility. Also, they are nice to look at. Proper management makes trees (and forests) into sustainable resources, where different types of trees have different functions. This booklet describes techniques to propagate and plant those trees, especially in traditional farming communities in the tropics. The booklet teaches how to grow trees. It starts with their genesis as seed, wilding or cutting. It tells about the day-to-day treatment in pots or seedbeds, and on maintenance of trees in the field. In doing so it gives a detailed overview of the life cycle of trees, and how farmers can ameliorate the growth and the production of their trees. Two appendices elaborate on measuring of growth, and on the trees mentioned in the booklet. Finally there is a list of recommended books for further reading, a list of useful addresses and a glossary.
Sample pages: Planting trees
No. of pages: 102