Banana Systems in the Humid Highlands of Sub-Saharan Africa

Enhancing Resilience and Productivity

March 2014
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  • Published
    14th March 2014
  • ISBN 9781780642314
  • Language English
  • Pages 268 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.625"
  • Images bars and graphs

Banana Systems in the Humid Highlands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Enhancing Resilience and Productivity addresses issues related to agricultural intensification in the (sub)humid highland areas of Africa, based on research carried out in the Great Lakes Region by the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA). This book is a valuable resource for researchers, students and policymakers in agricultural economics and international development, covering agronomic, economic, policy, extension, and communication dimensions.

1 Sustainable intensification and the food security challenge—Dr. Brian Keating
2 Paradigm Change for African Agriculture: why and how to make the transition—Dr. Hans Herren
3 Ecological intensification options based on understanding the way below- and aboveground organic inputs influence productivity and supply of ecosystem services—Dr. Meine Van Noordwijk
4 An overview of CIALCA's research on components of banana- and legume-based systems for increased crop production and economic returns—Dr. Pieter Pypers
5 Mitigating the impact of biotic constraints to Musa production in Central Africa—Prof Rony Swennen
6 Do commercial biological and chemical products increase crop yields and economic returns under smallholder farmer conditions?—Dr. Joyce Jefwa
7 Enhanced utilization of biotechnology research and development innovations in eastern and central Africa—Dr. Clet Masiga
8 Production Of Virus Free Sweetpotato Planting Materials Using Horticultural Fleece—Dr. Elmar Schulte-Geldermann
9 Lessons from Upstream Soil Conservation Measures to Mitigate Soil Erosion and Improve Land Productivity in the Humid Highlands of Northwestern Ethiopia—Dr. Yihenew Selassie Mengesha
10 Integrated assessment of tradeoffs around soil fertility management by smallholders in the African highlands—methods and applications—Dr. Pablo Tittonell
11 CIALCA's efforts on integrating farming system components and exploring related trade-offs—Dr. Piet Van Asten
12 Trade Costs reduction in the Congo Basin: Impact on crop land expansion and agricultural productivity growth—Dr. Aline Mosnier
13 Using the 'livestock ladder' to exit poverty for poor crop-livestock farmers in South Kivu, eastern DR Congo—Dr. Brigittte Maass
14 N2Africa: Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa—Prof Ken Giller
15 The 4R Nutrient Stewardship in the context of smallholder agriculture in Africa—Dr. Shamie Zingore
16 The potential of different coffee production systems to mitigate climate change—Mr. Henk Van Rikxoort
17 Drivers of productivity growth in Africa: implications for enhancing adoption of improved technologies—Dr. Augustine Langyintuo
18 Farm intensification and drivers of technology adoption in agriculture-based systems of Central Africa—Dr. Emily Ouma
19 The agro-ecological solution!? Food security and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on the East African Highlands—Dr. Henk Breman
20 Exploring the scope of fertilizer use in the East African region—Dr. Lydia Wairegi
21 Supply and demand drivers of grain legumes in highlands of central and southern Africa: Implications for targeting agricultural research investments—Dr. Joseph Rusike
22 Assessing nutritional diversity of cropping systems in Africa—Ms. Roseline Remans
23 Disseminating Agro forestry Innovations in Cameroon: Are Relay Organizations Effective?—Dr. Anne DeGrande
24 Knowledge and technology transfer within an Evolving R4D Framework in East Africa—Dr. John Lynam
25 Walking the Impact Pathway Together: The CIALCA experience in mobilising agricultural knowledge for the African Great Lakes region—Mr. Boudy Van Schagen
26 Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) an Approach to Enhance Small-holder Farmers’ Livelihood: Experiences from Lake Kivu Region—Dr. Robin Buruchara
27 Communication channels used in dissemination of soil fertility management practices in the Central Highlands of Kenya—Mrs. Serah Kimaru-Muchai
28 A global information and knowledge sharing approach to facilitate the use of Musa genetic resources—Dr. Nicolas Roux
29 Targeting farmer’s priorities for effective agricultural intensification in the humid highlands of eastern Africa—Dr Jeremias Mowo
30 Reintroducing Vicia faba beans in resource-poor farming systems – adoption of a participatory farmer-led initiative—Prof Eric Karltun

G. Blomme

G. Blomme is with Bioversity, Uganda.

B. Vanlauwe

B. Vanlauwe is with the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.

Piet van Asten

Piet van Asten is with IITA in Uganda.