2017-2018 / FORE0014-1

Tropical agroforestry


16h Th, 8h AUTR

Number of credits

 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Jean-Louis Doucet

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course objective is to propose management methods to reconcile agriculture and forestry in a sustainable manner in tropical areas. It is divided in three main chapters:

1. Definition 2. Agroforestry systems in dry tropical regions 2.1. Multipurpose trees on cropland 2.2. Windbreaks 2.3. Alley cropping 2.4. Sylvopastoralism 3. Agroforestry systems in moist tropical regions 3.1. Shifting cultivation 3.2. Improved fallows 3.3. Home gardens 3.4. Alley cropping 3.6. Taungya

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After completing the course the student is expected to : ·Be able to implement agroforestry programs considering ecological and social environment. ·Be able to identify main agroforestry species and their techniques of regeneration. ·Be able to manage agroforestry nurseries.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is integrated in the module "Tropical Forest" that will be given in the Cameroonian rainforest. The theoretical lessons will be completed by field visits, practical activities in the agroforests and discussions with the main stakeholders.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Lessons given in a logging concession and in agroforests of Cameroon  : face-to-face, films,  practical activities, document reading and discussions.

Recommended or required readings

Recommended references :
BOFFA J-M. 2000. Les parcs agroforestiers en Afrique subsaharienne. Cahier FAO Conservation 34. FAO, Rome, 251 p. CARRIERE S. 2002.L'abattage sélectif : une pratique agricole ancestrale au service de la régénération forestière. Bois et forêts des tropiques 272 (2), 45-62. DICKEN Mc & VERGARA P. 1990. Agroforestry : classification and management. Wiley & sons, 382 p.
DOUCET, J.-L. (Ed.), VERMEULEN, C., De VLEESCHOUWER, J.-Y. (Other coll.), NZOYEM SAHA, N., JULVE LARRUBIA, C., LAPORTE, J., & FEDERSPIEL, M. (2012). Regards croisés sur la foresterie communautaire : l'expérience camerounaise. Gembloux, Belgique: Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux.

VERMEULEN C., DOUCET J.-L. 2008. Les premières forêts communautaires du Gabon : Récits d'une expérience pilote. Sainte-Ode, Belgique: Impribeau.
VERMEULEN, C, DUBIEZ, E, PROCES, P, DIOWO, M, YAMBA, Y, MUTAMBWE, S, PELTIER, R, MARIEN, J.-N, & DOUCET, J.-L. (2011). Enjeux fonciers, exploitation des ressources naturelles et Forêts des Communautés Locales en périphérie de Kinshasa, RDC. Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE], 15(4), 535-544.

WEIGEL J. 1994. Agroforesterie pratique. Editions du Ministère de la Coopération, Paris.
See ecampus for the slides

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment will take into account: - the behavior and the participation of the student (20 %) - a written exam (80 %)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

See the document: "Master en gestion des forêts et milieux naturels, Module "Foresterie tropicale", informations pratiques"


DOUCET Jean-Louis (Professor) Foresterie tropicale Gestion des Ressources forestières Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Passage des Déportés, 2 5030 Gembloux + 32 81 622343 jldoucet@ulg.ac.be

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