Tropical Homegardens: A Time-tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry (Advances in Agroforestry v. 3)
By: B.M. Kumar (editor), P. K. R. Nair (editor)Hardback
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'Homegardens' are integrated tree--crop--animal production systems, often established on small parcels of land surrounding homesteads, and primarily found in tropical environments. 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.
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 Tome-Acu, 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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