Integrating trees with arable crops, Switzerland

Description of system

Many of the modern agroforestry systems in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland have focused on the use of high stem fruit trees. In the western part of Switzerland, the fields are often larger and minimising erosion and nutrient loss can be important. Building on work in France, farmers in the French-speaking part Switzerland have also focused on the use of high value timber species. One of the systems visited included trees in rows, spaced 29 m apart, including 2 m wide strips of understorey vegetation.

Initial stakeholder meeting

An initial stakeholder meeting, with 22 participants, was held on 27 May 2014. The focus included the establishment and maintenance of valuable timber trees on arable land. Better co-ordination of agroforestry research and extension was recognised as a key area.

If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Mareike Jäger ( or Felix Herzog (

Download the initial stakeholder report

An initial report was provided in November 2014.

Download the initial research and development protocol

A research and development protocol was produced in April 2015.

Download the system description

A progress report on the research including a system description was produced in March 2016.