Roger is a crop physiologist / tree biologist who has worked in forestry and agroforestry aimed at helping to reverse deforestation and desertification in the tropics. Perhaps even more importantly, however, his pioneering work over the last twenty years has also been dedicated to the alleviation of poverty, malnutrition and hunger in developing countries, especially in Africa and Oceania. In recent years the fruits of his labours (literally – the numerous virtually unknown, traditionally and culturally important indigenous fruits and nuts of many tropical countries) have started to come to maturity. You can find out more on this website, where in addition to a list of academic publications, you can learn about his work in a more popular  book which will be published in 2012 by CABI.

Living with the Trees of Life

Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture

Roger Leakey, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Based on the career of Roger Leakey, the former Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, this book presents the experiences of real life situations in rural villages of remote and distant places. Living with the Trees of Life demonstrates how the multi-disciplinary science of agroforestry, which embraces biology, genetics, ecology, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, soil science, food science, and the social sciences, can offer hope from the doom and gloom often emanating from the tropics. Written in an accessible and engaging style that will appeal to both a professional and general readership, this book takes a more positive approach to the issues facing agriculture and highlights an innovative approach to resolving the big issues of poverty, malnutrition, hunger and environmental degradation including climate change.

July 2012 / c.200 pages / HB / 978 1 78064 099 0 £49.95 / US$99.95 / €60

July 2012 / c.200 pages / PB / 978 1 78064 098 3 £25 / US$47.50 / €32.50

MULTIFUNCTIONAL AGRICULTURE – ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Academic Press 2017

Key Features • Provides a single-source, comprehensive insight into agroforestry / multifunctional agriculture, it’s potential, challenges, and progress • Helps readers understand and assess potential opportunity through implementation • Includes case studies and real-world insights that address common situations and the practical application of best practices • Explores the role of multi-functional agriculture in mitigating climate change impacts, providing value-story beyond crop production Description In a world increasingly challenged by the need to integrate and understand highly specialized knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, this book is innovative and perhaps unique in addressing this challenge. It focuses on ideas, strategies, techniques and practices spanning many disciplines at the interface of agriculture with: forestry, horticulture, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, soil science, food science, economics, and the social and environmental sciences as delivered by intensified and enriched agroforestry. Multifunctional Agriculture addresses this complexity, using case studies and insights from the needs of African farmers whose livelihoods are constrained by complex interactions between social, environmental and economic factors and problems underlying agricultural sustainability in Africa. This book, therefore, provides an important resource for those trying to understand the role of agriculture in the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals by providing easily implementable, practical and effective methodologies and practices.

Readership
This book explores the potential benefits of Multifunctional Agriculture to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of tropical agriculture and its potential to deliver the new Sustainable Development Goals
In a world increasingly challenged by the need to integrate and understand highly specialized knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, this book is innovative and perhaps unique in addressing this challenge. It focuses on ideas, strategies, techniques and practices spanning many disciplines at the interface of agriculture with: forestry, horticulture, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, soil science, food science, economics, and the social and environmental sciences as delivered by intensified and enriched agroforestry. Multifunctional Agriculture addresses this complexity, using case studies and insights from the needs of African farmers whose livelihoods are constrained by complex interactions between social, environmental and economic factors and problems underlying agricultural sustainability in Africa. This book, therefore, provides an important resource for those trying to understand the role of agriculture in the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals by providing easily implementable, practical and effective methodologies and practices.

Author
Roger Leakey has diplomas in practical agriculture (NDA and CDA) and degrees in agricultural
science (BSc, PhD, DSc), with truly global experience of field-based research in tropical agriculture,
horticulture and forestry spanning nearly 50 years. He was Director of Research at the International
Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF 1993-1997) and Professor of Agroecology and
Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001-2006). He has been
Vice President of the International Society of Tropical Foresters and is Vice Chairman of the
International Tree Foundation, a UK-based charity supporting development projects in Africa. He
holds a number of Fellowships in learned societies, universities and international research centres.
He was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and
Technology for Development (IAASTD) which was approved by 58 governments in an
Intergovernmental Plenary meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in April 2008. This Assessment
examined the impact of agricultural knowledge, science and technology on environmentally, socially
and economically sustainable development worldwide over the last 50 years and suggested that to
meet these challenges agriculture has to advance from a unifunctional focus on food production and
to additionally embrace more environmental, social and economic goals – i.e. to become
multifunctional.

Contents (40 chapters)
PART 1. THE BASICS
Section 1. Agroecology and the Role of Trees
Section 2. Agroforestry Practices and Systems
Section 3. Importance of Tree Products
PART 2. GENETIC SELECTION FOR ADDED-VALUE AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Section 4. Tree Domestication
PART 3. RESEARCH METHODS
Section 5. Strategy and Techniques
i) Strategy
ii) Techniques: Vegetative propagation
iii) Techniques: Genetic characterization
iv) Techniques: Ideotypes
PART 4. TOWARDS DELIVERY
Section 6. A Bottom-up Approach
i) Participatory tree domestication
ii) Intellectual property rights
iii) Commercialization of agroforestry tree products
iv) Development and impact
Section 7. Agroforestry – A Delivery Mechanism for Multifunctional Agriculture
Section 8. Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agriculture
Section 9. Integrating Rural Development to Deliver Multifunctional Agriculture.

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