Article II. Supporting agroforestry planning for timber productionwith a smartphone app
Sousa, Kauê Feitosa Dias de
MetadatosMostrar el registro completo del ítem
Agriculture is an important sector of the global economy that is continuously impacted by changes in world climate dynamics. Proper investments and planning at the farm level to develop sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems can increase the potential of farms to provide food and timber. Many farmers have enough knowledge about crop management; however, they are usually unaware of silvicultural practices that can increase timber production. Information on silvicultural practices needs be shared to support farmers so they can make better decisions about farm planning and take advantage of opportunities in the market. The use of information technologies is key to achieving this challenge. We developed an app for AndroidTM OS to support timber production and its natural regeneration management in agroforestry systems. The application was used to develop a plan for 20 farms in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. The results show savings of approximately 90% in time spent on data processing using the smartphone-based inventory. This allowed for prompt feedback of silvicultural agroforestry information and planning to farmers and decision-makers. The application is a component of the Agroforestry App Package proposed by the authors and can be used in agroforestry systems worldwide.