The Resource Cover crops in hillside agriculture : farmer innovation with mucuna, Daniel Buckles, Bernard Triomphe, and Gustavo Sain

Cover crops in hillside agriculture : farmer innovation with mucuna, Daniel Buckles, Bernard Triomphe, and Gustavo Sain

Label
Cover crops in hillside agriculture : farmer innovation with mucuna
Title
Cover crops in hillside agriculture
Title remainder
farmer innovation with mucuna
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Buckles, Bernard Triomphe, and Gustavo Sain
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the developing world, agriculture is essential to sustainable and equitable development. The rural poor often earn their living on small farms, and this is no different in Central America. A persistent bane of the small farm is land degradation, especially on hillsides. In finding solutions to this problem, the farmers of northern Honduras are at the forefront. Having been excluded from the prime coastal lands by the elite classes and large agroindustries, these farmers have been developing ways of managing an aggressive vining legume called velvetbean (Mucuna spp.) and adapting it to the needs of maize production. The practice that they have developed over the past 20 years both enhances productivity and conserves the resource base -- a rare combination in a hillside environment. This book provides a comprehensive evaluation of the use of velvetbean as a cover crop on the hillsides on northern Honduras. It sheds light on the opportunities and constraints presented by cover crops in the humid tropics and, perhaps most importantly, tells a story of successful farmer innovation
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
  • 633.15097283
  • 633.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
SB284.4.M83
LC item number
B83 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Cover crops in hillside agriculture : farmer innovation with mucuna, Daniel Buckles, Bernard Triomphe, and Gustavo Sain
Publication
Note
"February 1998."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-206) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""The dilemma of hillside agriculture""; ""Key methodological choices""; ""Book outline""; ""Chapter 1 Velvetbean: A New Plant with a History""; ""Origins and botanical features of velvetbean""; ""Velvetbean in the United States""; ""Velvetbean use in Mesoamerica""; ""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 2 The Enabling Environment""; ""Regional agroecology""; ""The seasonality of maize prices""; ""The availability of hillside land""; ""Shifting cultivation in northern Honduras""; ""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 3 Land, Labour, and Livelihoods""
  • ""Lessons for technology development""""The quest for sustainability in hillside environments""; ""Exploring the limits of hillside agriculture""; ""Appendix I: Farm-survey Methods""; ""Appendix II: Visual Aids""; ""Appendix III: Materials and Methods Used To Collect the Agronomic Data""; ""Appendix IV: Model Specifications and Crop Budgets Underlying the Probabilistic Costâ€?Benefit Analysis""; ""Appendix V: Acronyms and Abbreviations""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""
  • ""Synthesis: how does the velvetbean system work?""""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 6 The Economics of the Abonera System""; ""Probabilistic cost-benefit analysis""; ""Field-level analysis""; ""Farm-level analysis""; ""Land-rental markets""; ""Comparative profitability of maize production""; ""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 7 Factors Influencing Adoption of the Abonera System""; ""Hypotheses regarding adoption""; ""Empirical analysis""; ""Discussion and conclusions""; ""Conclusion""; ""Main features of the abonera system""; ""Extrapolation from the abonera system in northern Honduras""
  • ""T""""u""; ""v""; ""w""; ""y""
  • ""The multiple occupations of farming families""""The classification of livelihood strategies""; ""Comparisons among livelihood strategies""; ""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 4 The Abonera System""; ""Measures of adoption""; ""Abonera management""; ""Main benefits of the abonera system""; ""Farmers' perceptions of the abonera system""; ""Conclusions""; ""Chapter 5 The Agroecology of the Abonera System""; ""Nitrogen cycling""; ""Long-term changes in soil properties""; ""Long-term changes in crop productivity""; ""Farmers' evaluation of long-term changes""
Control code
ocn318641498
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 218 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780889368415
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b2795657x
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)318641498
  • acaebk0889368414

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