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Effects of agroforestry and other sustainable practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP)

Nyberg, Ylva and Musee, Carolyn and Wachiye, Emmanuel and Jonsson, Mattias and Wetterlind, Johanna and Öborn, Ingrid (2020). Effects of agroforestry and other sustainable practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP). Land. 9 , 389
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With growing global demand for food, unsustainable farming practices and large greenhouse gas emissions, farming systems need to sequester more carbon than they emit, while also increasing productivity and food production. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) recruited farmer groups committed to more Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) practices and provided these groups with initial advisory services on SALM, farm enterprise development and village savings and loan associations. Recommended SALM practices included agroforestry, cover crops, mulching, composting manure, terracing, reduced tillage and water harvesting. The effects of the KACP on the uptake of SALM practices, maize yield, perceived food self-sufficiency and savings during the initial four years were assessed comparing control and project farmers using interviews, field visits and measurements. Farmers participating in the KACP seemed to have increased uptake of most SALM practices and decreased the use of practices to be avoided under the KACP recommendations. Agroforestry and terraces showed positive effects on maize yield. During all four years, the KACP farms had higher maize yield than control farms, but yield differences were similar in 2009 and 2012 and there was no overall significant effect of the KACP. In 2012, the KACP farms had higher food self-sufficiency and tended to have higher monetary savings than control farms.

Authors/Creators:Nyberg, Ylva and Musee, Carolyn and Wachiye, Emmanuel and Jonsson, Mattias and Wetterlind, Johanna and Öborn, Ingrid
Title:Effects of agroforestry and other sustainable practices in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP)
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:9
Article number:389
Number of Pages:22
ISSN:2073-445X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Soil Science
Keywords:adaptation, carbon sequestration, Kisumu, Bungoma, payment for ecosystem services, village savings and loan associations
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108171
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108171
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DOI10.3390/land9100389
ID Code:17847
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:19 Oct 2020 17:20
Metadata Last Modified:20 Oct 2020 05:01

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