The Tropical Farming Systems Research Group focuses its activities on (sub-)tropical and development-oriented research of agricultural production and use of natural resources in tropical zone, less developed regions, remote and/or isolated areas, and at rural-urban gradient. The role of traditional practices and knowledge, (semi-)subsistence systems as well as cultural and economic value of local agro-ecosystems receive specific attention. Used methodological approaches are of interdisciplinary character, depending on the close collaboration between social and biophysical sciences.
Research activities include those associated with documenting, understanding, analysing and/or promoting:
- stability, productivity and intensity of agricultural production
- the interactions between commercialization tendencies, living standard, food security and agro-biodiversity
- effectiveness of poverty alleviation strategies related to agriculture
- local agricultural markets of produced/collected products from local agro-ecosystems (forests)
- value chains of neglected and underutilised plant species
Keywords: agroforestry, agro-biodiversity, contract farming, ecosystem services, ethnic minorities, farmer-to-farmer, homegardens, household living standard (food, nutrition and cash security), land-use systems, markets, non-timber forest products, out-grower schemes, poverty alleviation, traditional knowledge, value chains