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Joint Venture Agroforestry Program

The Joint Venture Agroforestry R&D Program (JVAP) aimed to integrate agroforestry into Australian farming systems.

The Joint Venture Agroforestry Program was established in 1993. Its core partners are the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Land & Water Australia, and Forest & Wood Products Australia. RIRDC is the managing agent. The Natural Heritage Trust and Murray-Darling Basin Commission also contributed significant resources to the program.

What is Joint Venture Agroforestry R&D

The objective of the program was to provide knowledge to underpin profitable, sustainable and resilient agroforestry within Australian farming systems and landscapes. Farm forestry has a critical role to play in the dramatically changing contexts of climate change and emissions trading policies and programs.

JVAP has:

  • developed an economic model to show agroforestry benefits
  • highlighted market links between farming and processing
  • reviewed the removal of impediments to farm forestry development
  • released information on tree water use and species selection
  • published guidelines for revegetating areas that have shallow, saline watertables, and
  • released a report on tree performance databases and selection systems.

The program disseminates information through reports and newsletters. It has developed a series of publications titled Water and Salinity Issues in Agroforestry and has produced the book Commercial Timber Species for Sub-tropical Australia.

More information

For further information, browse current and completed research projects or contact the Research Managers, please visit the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Related resources

For news and videos from the Science in the Paddock event visit the Farming trees for profit and conservation news page.

Thinking Bush 7 is a special issue which focuses on Agroforestry.

id: 3506 / created: 22 June, 2009 / last updated: 19 August, 2009