Lacquer-based agroforestry system in western Yunnan, China
Authors: Long, Chunlin; Cai, Kui; Marr, Ken; Guo, Xiaorong; Ouyang, Zhiqin
Source: Agroforestry Systems, Volume 57, Number 2, February 2003 , pp. 109-116(8)
Abstract:The lacquer tree (Toxicodendron vernicifiuum) based agroforestry system is a very important farming system with development potential in western Yunnan, southwest China. It is, however, less understood in scientific fields. The Lemo people (a branch of the Bai minority nationality) traditionally grow lacquer trees interplanted with upland food crops in swidden fields. During a 10–15 year fallow period, farmers can harvest various products from lacquer trees, including resin for selling or trading, leafy shoots for vegetable, pericarps for making wax, roots and leaves for pesticide, dry resin for medicine, and seeds for vegetable oil extraction. The Lemo people believe the lacquer tree is the most important crop in their community. The lacquer agroforestry system provides the Lemo people with food, cash income and environmental benefits. Further studies on the lacquer agroforestry system will be indispensable to improve this system so as to disseminate it to other communities.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: 2003-02-01