Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to major issues in combining trees with agricultural and grazing activities, with special emphasis on tropical regions. The technical biophysical and socio-economic issues in farm forestry are also considered.

Unit content

The following topics will be considered, discussed or reviewed:

  • The development of agroforestry in Australia and other countries
  • Trees in the agricultural ecosystem, commercial plantations, wildlife corridors, and amenity plantings
  • Shade tree systems (coffee, cacao), live fences, tropical home gardens, alley cropping, shelterbelts/windbreaks, silvopastoral systems, hedgerow intercropping for soil conservation
  • Site evaluation; the effect of edaphic factors and climate in species selection for contrasting sites; establishment and silvicultural techniques
  • Benefits and disadvantages of trees to other agricultural crops and animals; diversification of farm income producing activities
  • Financial mechanisms and structural impediments; tax law; pricing and marketing; planning regulations
  • Regulations impacting farm forestry
  • Whole farm planning
  • Agroforestry extension techniques, communication
  • Selecting trees for community needs in overseas situations; tropical agroforestry
  • The importance of carbon sequestration in agroforestry

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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