Why smallholders plant native timber trees away from the forest margin: Lessons from Leyte, the Philippines
Early successes with national programs for farmer tree planting in the Philippines were achieved with fast growing trees – that brought disappointingly low levels of income once harvested, as the quality of wood was low. Meanwhile, some farmers took the initiative to grow high-value, slower-growing native timbers on their farms, planting trees between their maize. What are the prospects this trend? Which types of farmers are doing it? Is it profitable? What policy measures could support or enhance such agroforestation of the landscape?