Advances in Agroforestry

Tropical Homegardens

A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry

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

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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.

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From the reviews:

"The editors, both very experienced researchers in the science and art of agroforestry and home gardening, have brought together 20 chapters on the current state of the art of the homegarden. … The book contains some very detailed studies of homegardens from different continents. … likely to be accessible in specialist libraries and research institutes." (David Gibbon, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 43, 2007)

"The book is a well-structured collection of papers by experts in this field. The variety of aspects and approaches reflects the variety of disciplines dealing with this subject, as well as the variety of homegarden designs present. … It is … a very good, broad introduction into an important area of crop production." (Hartmut Stützel, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Sciences, Vol. 171 (2), 2008)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Diversity and change in homegarden cultivation in Indonesia

    Wiersum, K. F.

    Pages 13-24

  • Urban and homegarden agroforestry in the Pacific islands: Current status and future prospects

    Thaman, R. R. (et al.)

    Pages 25-41

  • Structure and dynamics of coconut-based agroforestry systems in Melanesia: A case study from the Vanuatu archipelago

    Lamanda, N. (et al.)

    Pages 105-121

  • Gender and social dynamics in swidden and homegardens in Latin America

    Howard, P. L.

    Pages 159-182

  • Commercialization of homegardens in an Indonesian village: Vegetation composition and functional changes

    Abdoellah, O. S. (et al.)

    Pages 233-250

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eBook $219.00
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Hardcover $279.99
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Softcover $279.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tropical Homegardens
Book Subtitle
A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry
Editors
  • B.M. Kumar
  • P.K.R. Nair
Series Title
Advances in Agroforestry
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4948-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4948-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4947-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7237-5
Series ISSN
1875-1199
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 379
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