Does agroforestry affect human health and nutrition?
Julia Knollmann1, Kati Krähnert1, Amanda S. Wendt1, Jillian Waid1, Sven Bratschke1, David Abigaba1, Katja Kehlenbeck2
1Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Research Dept. II: Climate Resilience, Germany
Agroforestry - the integration of woody plants into crop or livestock management - is regarded as a sustainable agroecological production method that contributes to numerous aspects of planetary health, including environmental health and human well-being. While considerable literature is available on the benefits of agroforestry on soil fertility, climate change mitigation and the economy of local communities, the impact of agroforestry on human nutrition and health is less often researched or included as an explicit objective in agroforestry programs. Closing this potential knowledge gap on the direct impacts of woody plants in agroforestry systems on human health and nutrition could help to create awareness among stakeholders involved in agroforestry programmes and lead to increased integration of nutrition and health aspects into future agroforestry programs. To assess the extent of the postulated knowledge gap, the present study is reviewing the existing evidence of the links between woody plants in agroforestry systems to human health and nutrition.
Keywords: Medicine from woody plants, mental health, microclimate, nutritional security, woody plants
Contact Address: Julia Knollmann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Research Dept. II: Climate Resilience, 14412 Potsdam, Germany, e-mail: julia.knollmannpik-potsdam.de