Agroforestry in the Climate of the Marshall Islands

Agriculture and agroforestry (tree cultivation) are important activities for the Marshall Islands and other small islands to ensure food security and human health, support community self-sufficiency, promote good nutrition, and serve as windbreaks to stabilize shorelines and lessen storm damage and erosion. However, climate change is posing serious challenges for growers who struggle to adapt to climate impacts including saltwater intrusion, changing precipitation and temperature patterns, and the spread of invasive species. This tool was designed to provide Marshallese agricultural producers with information and resources that will help them adapt their growing practices to changing climate conditions.

A variety of lush trees form an intergrown area.
An example of a Marshallese agroforest, with breadfruit, papaya, and coconut.




Maria Haws
Assoc. Professor of Aquaculture, UH Hilo
Kathleen Friday
Program Manager, USDA Forest Service
Lajikit Rufus
Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce, RMI