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- ISBN-10: 92-808-1098-7,
- United Nations University Press
- June 2004
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Drawing on findings of nearly ten years of United Nations University Project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (UNU/PLEC) multidisciplinary, participatory research work in West Africa (mainly Ghana), this book shows how, traditionally, farmers cultivate and conserve biodiversity while, at the same time, using the land for food production. It highlights PLEC interventions for sustaining agrodiversity for rural livelihoods, as it does lessons for teaching, policy and development planning.
The book would appeal to policy makers and practitioners, and to university students and teachers, including those of agriculture, social science, biological science and others relating to environmental or natural resources management and sustainable development.
Edwin A. Gyasi is a professor of geography and resource development, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. Gordana Kranjac- Berisavljevic is Head, Department of Agricultural Mechanization and Irrigation Technology, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. Essie T. Blay is an associate professor, Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. William Oduro is Director, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
ContentsPrefacePart I: Methodological approaches and knowledge systems: Methodological approaches to the bookPhilosophical foundations of biophysical resource use with special reference to GhanaTraditional methods of resource assessment relative to the scientificFarmer strategies of managing agrodiversity in a variable climate in PLEC demonstration sites in southern GhanaExpert farmers and demonstration sites in conservation of biodiversityPart II: Cropping Systems and Related Case Studies: Management regimes in southern GhanaYams: traditional ways of managing their diversity for food security in southern GhanaSustaining diversity of yams in northern GhanaConservation of indigenous rice varieties by women of Gore in the northern savanna zone, GhanaVegetables: traditional ways of managing their diversity for food security in southern GhanaThe proka mulching and no-burn system: A case study of Tano-Odumasi and JachieManaging the home garden for food security and as a germplasm bankManagement of trees in association with crops in traditional agroforestry systemsPreliminary observations on effects of traditional farming practices on growth and yield of cropsEffects of four indigenous trees canopy covers on soil fertility in a Ghanaian savannaComparative management of savanna woodland in Ghana and Guinea: a preliminary analysisAgrodiversity within and without conserved forests for enhancing rural livelihoodsPart III: Social dimensions of resource management: Aspects of resource tenure that conserve biodiversity: the case of southern and northern GhanaResource access and distribution and the use of land in Tano-Odumase, central GhanaThe women environmental pace setters of JachiePart IV: Conclusion: Lessons learnt and future research directionsContributorsEdwin A. GyasiAlfred Oteng-YeboahStephen Nkansa BuabengEdward Ofori-SarpongFelix AsanteEssie T. BlayGordana Kranjac-BerisavljevicB. Z. GandaaB. TanzubilC. QuansahW. OduroLewis Enu-KwesiVincent Von VordzogbeJ. A. PokuL. AsafoE. LaingCharles Anane-SakyiA. Sadik AbdulaiJ. Saa DittohD. AmirouD. DaoudaBen D. OforiJohn HelooJ. B. OforiEmmanuel NarteyWilliam J. AsanteJ. A. BakangK. A. NkyiOlivia AgbenyegaWilliam Oduro