[ ag-roh-fawr-uh-stree, ‐for- ]
/ ˌæg roʊˈfɔr ə stri, ‐ˈfɒr- /


a method and system of land management involving the simultaneous cultivation of farm crops and trees; agriculture incorporating the growing of trees: Agroforestry ensures a continuous food supply, some continuous economic return, and the avoidance of soil degradation.

Nearby words

  1. agrobacteria,
  2. agrobiology,
  3. agrobusiness,
  4. agrochemical,
  5. agrodolce,
  6. agrologic,
  7. agrology,
  8. agromania,
  9. agron.,
  10. agronomics

Origin of agroforestry

1930–35; agro- + forestry

Related formsag·ro·for·est·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for agroforestry


/ (ˌæɡrəʊˈfɒrɪstrɪ) /


a method of farming integrating herbaceous and tree crops
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Science definitions for agroforestry


[ ăg′rō-fôrĭ-strē ]

A system of land use in which harvestable trees or shrubs are grown among or around crops or on pastureland, as a means of preserving or enhancing the productivity of the land.
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