Planetary health, agroforestry and Sub-Saharan Africa

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Planetary health, agroforestry and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, 26 November 2019 — Human activities change the structure and function of the environment with cascading impacts on human health, a concept known as ‘Planetary Health’. Tree planting and management is involved in many of these chain reactions, according to the authors of a new study published in the journal, One Earth.

The research team set out to understand does agroforestry — the integrated management of trees, crops and livestock — alter microclimates, hydrology, biogeochemistry and biodiversity for the betterment or detriment of human health in Sub-Saharan Africa?