Traditional Marshallese agroforesty provides a good model for diverse and resilient crop production and is adapted to natural variation due to El Niño and La Niña. However, long-term climate change in the Republic of the Marshall Islands is causing agricultural conditions to shift outside the typical range of variability so growing practices will need to be altered. Our website provides easy access to well-researched, localized information at a variety of timescales to assist with both short and long term agroforestry planning so that traditional agriculture practices can be integrated with new information on plant varieties and planting/harvest schedules.
This project was implemented by Marshallese partners at the Ministry of Resources and Development, College of the Marshall Islands, and Land Grant program, and external partners from the University of Hawaiʻi, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Future transfer of the website to an agency in the Marshall Islands is intended to enable further improvements, especially responding to Marshallese interest and experience.
This research feature was produced by the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center.