M.C. Palada; D.L. Wu; G.C. Luther; M. Bhattarai; A. Mercado; M. Reyes
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AVRDC- The World Vegetable Center
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Summary: Fruits and vegetables provide food and increase incomes for small-scale farmers in the tropics. These high-value crops are also important components of home garden agroforestry systems; they contribute to biological stability, enhance crop diversity, conserve soil properties and increase total productivity. Although the benefits of integrating high-value crops into agroforestry systems have been recognized, few studies have been done to quantify and describe tree-crop interactions. A vegetable agroforestry system (VAF) research was initiated at the World Vegetable Center to study the relationships between fruit trees and vegetable crops in terms of competition and complimentation.