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Title:Tailoring agroforestry technologies to the diversity of Rwandan smallholder agriculture
Author:Bucagu, CharlesISNI
Geographic term:Rwanda
small farms
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External link:https://edepot.wur.nl/260878
Abstract:Food self-sufficiency is a major issue on the agenda of many development projects and government leadership in sub-Saharan Africa. Agroforestry has been proposed as an approach to contribute to alleviation of food shortage and solving problems of ecological degradation due to continuous cropping and soil erosion. The goal of this thesis is to understand the diversity of farming systems in Rwanda, to assess the current status and potential of different agroforestry practices, and to evaluate the best options for its integration within selected smallholder farming systems in the country. On the basis of his findings, the author concludes that agroforestry provides technologies that are readily accessible to smallholders and a wide variety of benefits. Agroforestry is not a unique remedy for all agricultural constraints, but in combination with other technologies, it could substantially contribute to improving livelihoods and food self-sufficiency within specific socioecononic and biophysical settings. [ASC Leiden abstract]