Trees in Agroforestry System in Menz Gera Midir Woreda North Shewa Amhara Region Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


An Ethnobotanical study was conducted from September 2019-September 2021 to document trees in agroforestry system in Menz Gera Midir Woreda, North Shewa, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. One hundred informants were selected from ten Kebeles using snowball sampling technique for the data collection. Twenty five of them were key informants which were selected purposively. Group discussions, guided field walk, semi-structured interviews and photographing were applied for gathering information. Sixty one species (37 trees and 24 shrubs) which belong to 51 genera and 31 families were recorded from farm lands and home gardens. Fabaceae was the dominant family which consists of 22.6% of the species collected in the woreda. Acacia abyssinica was the most preferred tree for agroforestry practice in the study area for its multi functionality. Home garden, scattered trees in farm land, silvopastoral, hedgerow and wind break were the agroforestry practices that were observed in the study area. Among these, home garden was the most widely practiced agroforestry system. The conservation methods of farm land trees in the area include deliberate planting, providing compost, pruning and protecting from animal damage. The farmers’ attitude, perception and indigenous knowledge on agroforestry practice helped more on the selection of farm land trees and way of implementations of the system in the study area. If the farmers get updated knowledge on the usage, management and conservation methods of agroforestry practices a lot of benefits will be acquired from the system.



Agroforestry, Farm Land, Home Garden, Shrub, Tree