Fig. 2. Pros and cons of agroforests compared with monoculture plantations (results of the perception survey)
(adapted from Therville 2008).
“Cultural arguments” includes inheritance from grandparents, staple food production, and daily domestic consumption products.
“Sentimental attachment” includes attractive scenery and site of usual daily work.
“Economic results” includes low costs of plantation and production, high return to land, easy commercialization, stable and high price of the commodity, and long production period.
“Technical advantages” or “constraints” includes resistance to pests, low labor requirements, wide variety of products, no seasonality, tree cover that protects workers against sun and rain, protection of soil fertility and erosion prevention, and trees that live longer and can be replaced one by one.