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Tropical tree diversity and multi-functions in agroforestry

FUNCiTREE addresses the functional roles of trees in the Sahel and dryland regions in Central America, based on the trees' attributes, for the design of locally adapted multi-functional agroforestry. In these regions, farmers are heavily dependent on agroforestry to provide them with dry season fodder production, shade provision, soil stabilisation, soil fertilisation, food and fuel production, and the potential for adaptation to climate change. However, these agroforestry systems are often based on a small number of widely-disseminated tree species, reducing the stability and adaptability of these systems to climate uncertainty.