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

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