Managing Agrodiversity the Traditional Way: Lessons from West Africa in Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Related Natural Resources

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Drawing on nearly ten years of research in West Africa —primarily Ghana —this book shows how farmers are using traditional food production methods that also cultivate and conserve biodiversity on their lands. The contributors highlight interventions by the United Nations University Project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (UNU/PLEC) for sustaining agrodiversity for rural livelihoods, as well as lessons for teaching, policy, and development planning.

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Overview

Drawing on nearly ten years of research in West Africa —primarily Ghana —this book shows how farmers are using traditional food production methods that also cultivate and conserve biodiversity on their lands. The contributors highlight interventions by the United Nations University Project on People, Land Management, and Environmental Change (UNU/PLEC) for sustaining agrodiversity for rural livelihoods, as well as lessons for teaching, policy, and development planning.

The volume provides valuable lessons for policymakers, practitioners, students, and teachers involved in agriculture, social science, biological science, and other studies relating to environmental or natural resources management and sustainable development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810981
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin A. Gyasi is a professor of geography and resource development at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic is head of the Department of Agricultural Mechanization and Irrigation Technology at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. Essie T. Blay is an associate professor in the Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana. William Oduro is director of the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Methodological approaches to the book 3
2 Philosophical foundations of biophysical resource use with special reference to Ghana 8
3 Traditional methods of resource assessment relative to the scientific approach 14
4 Farmer strategies of managing agrodiversity in a variable climate in PLEC demonstration sites in southern Ghana 25
5 Demonstration sites and expert farmers in conservation of biodiversity 38
6 Management regimes in southern Ghana 53
7 Yams : traditional ways of managing their diversity for food security in southern Ghana 69
8 Sustaining diversity of yams in northern Ghana 84
9 Conservation of indigenous rice varieties by women of Gore in the northern savanna zone, Ghana 97
10 Vegetables : traditional ways of managing their diversity for food security in southern Ghana 106
11 The proka mulching and no-burn system : a case study of Tano-Odumasi and Jachie 119
12 Managing the home garden for food security and as a germplasm bank 135
13 Management of trees in association with crops in traditional agroforestry systems 155
14 Preliminary observations on effects of traditional farming practices on growth and yield of crops 165
15 Effects of four indigenous trees canopy covers on soil fertility in a Ghanaian savanna 177
16 Comparative management of the savanna woodland in Ghana and Guinea : a preliminary analysis 187
17 Agrodiversity within and without conserved forests for enhancing rural livelihoods 203
18 Aspects of resource tenure that conserve biodiversity : the case of southern and northern Ghana 217
19 Resource access and distribution and the use of land in Tano-Odumasi, central Ghana 228
20 Women environmental pacesetters of Jachie 242
21 Lessons learnt and future research directions 253
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