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Henrik Balslev

SE Asian Palms for Agroforestry and Home Gardens

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Throughout SE Asia, palms are important in agroforestry systems and homegardens. Most species are used for multiple purposes based on both physical and nutritional properties of the palms. Except for a few commodities of worldwide importance such as palm oil and coconut, many palm products either do not figure in trade statistics, or they are merged with other products in a way, which makes it difficult to assess their importance. Here we focus on these products that are not prominent in national trade statistics and we review their sustainability and economic importance in SE Asia. We rank the most important palms according to their versatility, which is an extremely important property, especially for smallholders who practice subsistence agriculture. We conclude by listing a number of recommendations for future research directions based on experiences from the recently completed EU 7th Framework project (EU-PALMS 2009-2013).

Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Forests
Volume6
Issue12
Pages (from-to)4607-4616
Number of pages10
ISSN1999-4907
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • multi-purpose use, minor palm products, palm versatility, SOUTH-AMERICA, ARECACEAE, DIVERSITY

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