Weeping willows make farmers happy
Since not all communities in the area use this practice, exchange of local knowledge between communities is an important criterion for the expansion and improvement of local agroforestry systems," says Jeroen van der Horst, WAU forestry student.
Last Thursday, May 31, van der Horst presented the findings of his agroforestry research in a colloquium at the Department of Forestry. Van der Horst spent his practical period in the Potosi region in Southeastern Bolivia and decided to extend his stay to carry out research for his thesis as well. He assessed the dispersion and functions of certain willow and poplar species in two areas in the Potosi region. Besides being used for land reclamation, these tree species provide fodder, timber for construction and for making charangistos, an instrument similar to a guitar. Finally, van der Horst also points to the aesthetic value of trees: trees can make people happy for a number of reasons.