The Potential of Agroforestry in Supporting Food Security for Peatland Community – A Case Study in the Kalampangan Village, Central Kalimantan
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Faculty of Agriculture, Palangka Raya University, Jl. H. Timang, Palangka Raya Central Kalimantan, 73112, Indonesia
Student at Forestry Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Palangka Raya University, Jl. Garuda XA No. 12, Palangka Raya Central Kalimantan, 73112, Indonesia
Publication date: 2021-09-01
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Afentina Afentina   

Faculty of Agriculture, Palangka Raya University, Jl. H. Timang, Palangka Raya Central Kalimantan, 73112, Indonesia
J. Ecol. Eng. 2021; 22(8):123-130
Food security is one of the main problems under the pandemic and climate change condition that we currently face. Managing peatland to fulfill community needs faces several problems including peat fire, GHG emissions and loss of biodiversity. Agroforestry is one of land use systems on peatland that is capable of accommodating different interests while still concerning the conservation purposes. This study aimed to assess the potential of agroforestry for ensuring the food security of local communities. This research was carried out in the Kalampangan Village, Palangka Raya City central Kalimantan for six months. This study used both quantitative and qualitative approaches, including interviews and field observations. Interviews were carried out with 13 farmers in Kalampangan who applied an agroforestry system. The data gathered included all agroforestry components and number of the food production component. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results showed three agroforestry types were applied by the Village community Kalampangan, namely agrosilviculture, agrosilvopasture, and agrofisheries. The biodiversity of agroforestry in Kalapangan is relatively high, with a total of 58 different species identified. A total of 86% of all agroforestry components are sources of food, including fruits, vegetables, seeds, tubers, spices and livestock. The information above shows that the peatland agroforestry in the Kalampangan Village has the potential to support food security while maintaining the biodiversity. Thus, agroforestry can be recommended as a peatland land use and rehabilitation strategies to accommodate the basic needs of local communities and increasing their prosperity. Keywords: peatland, agroforestry, food security, local communities
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