Cassava and soil fertility in East Africa: A study on the roles, constraints and opportunities of cassava production in smallholder farms

Cassava and soil fertility in East Africa: A study on the roles, constraints and opportunities of cassava production in smallholder farms

von Anneke Fermont
Taschenbuch - 9783838353272
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Beschreibung

East African farming systems are characterized by high land pressure and relatively poor soils. They may well represent the direction in which many farming systems in Africa will develop. Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a key component in these systems and an important crop throughout Africa. This book aims to better understand the roles and production constraints of cassava in order to explore opportunities to improve the productivity and sustainability of smallholder farms. Farm surveys in East Africa show that general beliefs about cassava are (half)myths that hinder the potential of cassava. They also reveal that the role of cassava has changed dramatically as a consequence of land use intensification. Results from 100+ on-farm trials identify soil fertility as the principle constraint to cassava production and show that farmers can double cassava yields. A modeling approach is used to explore the impact of management changes on sustainability indicators. Its new insights in cassava, and wide range of analysis tools, make this book an important read for scientists, development and extension workers, and policy makers aiming to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Details

Verlag LAP Lambert Acad. Publ.
Ersterscheinung April 2010
Maße 220 mm x 150 mm x 11 mm
Gewicht 284 Gramm
Format Taschenbuch
ISBN-13 9783838353272
Auflage Nicht bekannt
Seiten 180

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