SP 5 - Agro-ecological diversification of rubber dominated land use systems

The objective is to promote agro-biodiversity and crop diversification in rubber-dominated land use systems and to increase the capacity and awareness of different stakeholders, in particular farmers, rural communities, agricultural authorities and institutions, to sustainably manage and use agro-biodiversity in rubber based plantations. Specifically, indigenous species, crops, varieties (such as wild vegetables, medicinal plants, food crops) are identified for their suitability for cultivation in rubber plantations of different ages (i.e. different ecological conditions) and generate added value for farmers. Based on this, concepts for agro-biodiversity management in rubber dominated land-use systems are developed. The results can be promulgated and extended to government extension service to promote the diversification of rubber dominated land use systems.