Just jumping in again… with apologies for not responding earlier (was tied up in work).
@sameershisodia The concept of agroforestry is slightly different, I feel, involving bringing trees into farmland with cultivated crops. Which is different from taking and planting cultivated trees in forest areas. Cropland typically grown as monocultures (whether cereal, or herbaceous, or shrubby) can be integrated with trees in different ways in agroforestry: trees among crops providing shade as in coffee, trees along farm boundaries as in cereal crops etc. But bringing cultivated (non-native or naturalised) trees into forest areas is not agroforestry, and if planted in previously non-forested ecosystems (grasslands, savanna) then it is a form of afforestation that could have negative impacts, too.
@ganeshram As for the Amazonian example, it is also a different scenario. We do know that pre-Columbian people cultivated or encouraged useful/edible species and especially palms in parts of Amazonia. How widespread it was is still a matter of debate, but we know that a lot of so-called pristine rainforest was never really free of human influence (I have written a little about this in a paper referred below). But the species they used was from the local tree species pool: species found in the same forest. The Gadchiroli parallel would be to find what native species growing in forests can be harvested/encouraged/planted and nurtured, rather than introducing species such as guava or neem, for example. Madhu Ramnath writes about how people of Bastar use a lot of native trees for this (Woodsmoke and Leafcups); there are other places such as forests in Thailand that have dozens of edible/useful native tree species. We should prioritise such species in forest areas I feel before resorting to more easily available non-natives.
Raman, T. R. S. 2018. Expanding nature conservation: considering wide landscapes and deep histories. Pages 249-267 in G. Cederlöf and M. Rangarajan (editors), At Nature’s Edge: The Global Present and Long-Term History, Oxford University Press, New Delhi. 331 pp.