Alley Cropping

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Alley cropping is the planting of trees or shrubs in two or more sets of single or multiple rows with agronomic, horticultural, or forage crops cultivated in the alleys between the rows of woody plants.

Alley cropping is used where improved economics or environmental conditions are desired over the existing farming practices. Alley cropping in addition to the tree or shrubs grown, is used with row, small grain, herb or specialty crop production. The sites selected must be suited to produce both the woody and herbaceous crop species desired.


Alley Cropping as a Livelihood Program

  • Sustainable Harvest International
  • The Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in Northern Ghana

Further Reading

  • Forage Tree Legumes in Alley Cropping Systems


  • About Alley Cropping

See Also