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Options for improving soil fertility in the southern part of the Republic of Bénin: Where does Mucuna find its niche?

Akouègnon, Dipl.-Ing.sc.agr. Guy-Erick; Hoffmann, Prof.Dr. Volker and Schultze-Kraft, Prof.Dr. Rainer (2008) Options for improving soil fertility in the southern part of the Republic of Bénin: Where does Mucuna find its niche? Poster at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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Summary

Empirical evidence has shown that small-scale farmers can use a non-food, green manure legume as soil-fertilising technology only if it provides immediate benefits other than soil fertility improvement. In the southern part of the Republic of Bénin, however, subsistence-oriented farmers chose Mucuna pruriens exclusively for soil fertility. In this they had the opportunity to select dual-purpose grain legumes for both soil fertility and food without season loss. The rationale behind this apparently irrational choice lies in the differentiated and economically sound land allocation to Mucuna and grain legumes.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:legume adoption, soil fertility, ethnoeconomics, local knowledge, Bénin
Subjects: Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 7.1 Production systems
International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR
Deposited By: Akouegnon, Dipl.-Ing.sc.agr. Guy-Erick
ID Code:11620
Deposited On:22 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674

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