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Tropical Homegardens

A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry

Series: Advances in Agroforestry, Vol. 3

Kumar, B.M., Nair, P.K.R. (Eds.)

2006, XIII, 379 p.

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‘Homegardens’ are integrated tree – crop – animal production systems, often in small parcels of land surrounding homesteads, and primarily found in tropical environments. These agroforestry systems, developed and nurtured by farmers through generations of innovation and experiment, are often cited as the epitome of sustainability, yet have been long neglected by the scientific community. Today, however, these age-old systems are receiving increasing attention owing to their perceived potential to mitigate environmental problems such as loss of biodiversity and rising levels of atmospheric CO2, while providing significant economic gains, as well as food and nutritional security to their owners. This multi-authored volume contains peer-reviewed chapters from the world’s leading researchers and professionals in this topic. It summarizes the current state of knowledge on homegarden systems, with a view to using this knowledge as a basis for improving both homegardens and other similar multistrata agroforestry systems. The book is unique in its exclusive and global coverage of the subject, and constitutes a valuable reference material for students and researchers in the field of agroforestry.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Kumar - biodiversity - ecology - environment - forest - sustainability - vegetation

Related subjects » Agriculture - Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Forestry

Table of contents 

List of Contributors. Chapter Reviewers. Preface.-Introduction; P.K.R. Nair, B.M. Kumar.- Section 1: Historical and Regional Perspectives. Diversity and change in homegarden cultivation in Indonesia; K.F. Wiersum. Urban and homegarden agroforestry in the Pacific islands: Current status and future prospects; R.R. Thaman et al. Amazonian homegardens: Their ethnohistory and potential contribution to agroforestry development; R.P. Miller et al. Homegardens of Mesoamerica: Biodiversity, food security, and nutrient management; F. Montagnini.- Section 2: Structure, Function, and Dynamics of Homegardens. Homegarden dynamics in Kerala, India; A. Peyre et al. Structure and dynamics of coconut-based agroforestry systems in Melanesia: A case study from the Vanuatu archipelago; N. Lamanda et al. Diversity and dynamics in homegardens of southern Ethiopia; Tesfaye Abebe et al. Homegarden plant diversity in relation to remoteness from urban centers: A case study from the Peruvian Amazon region; A. Wezel, J. Ohl. Gender and social dynamics in swidden and homegardens in Latin America; P.L. Howard.- Section 3: Some New Thrust Areas. Carbon sequestration potential of tropical homegardens; B.M. Kumar. Medicinal plants in tropical homegardens; M.R. Rao, B.R. Rajeswara Rao. Commercialization of homegardens in an Indonesian village: Vegetation composition and functional changes; O.S. Abdoellah et al. Transpiration characteristics of some homegarden tree species in Central Sri Lanka; W.A.J.M. de Costa et al. Ecology versus economics in tropical multistrata agroforests; E. Torquebiau, E. Penot. Financial analysis of homegardens: a case study from Kerala state, India; S. Mohan et al.- Section 4: Future of Homegardens. The role of homegardens in agroforestry development: Lessons from Tomé-Açu, a Japanese-Brazilian settlement in the Amazon; M. Yamada, H.M.L. Osaqui. Urban homegardens and allotment gardens for sustainable livelihoods: Management strategies and institutional environments; A.W. Drescher et al. Are tropical homegardens sustainable? Some evidence from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia; K. Kehlenbeck, B.L. Maass. Whither Homegardens?; P.K.R. Nair.- Subject Index

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