Potentials of Bamboo-Based Agroforestry for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review

Partey, S T and Sarfo, D A and Frith, O and Kwaku, M and Thevathasan, N V (2017) Potentials of Bamboo-Based Agroforestry for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review. Agricultural Research, 6 (1). pp. 22-32. ISSN 2249-720X

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Abstract

There is widespread assertion among scientists, government and development experts that bamboo agroforestry could contribute to sustainable rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, there are limited available data to verify the suitability of the system in the region. In addition, the current state of knowledge and adoption of agroforestry in SSA offers very little guidance as to which type of agroforestry systems bamboo could be integrated. Here, we reviewed the potential socioeconomic and environmental benefits of bamboo agroforestry and accentuate implications on sustainable rural development in SSA. In addition, we analysed potential research areas that could be intensified, so that future developments and scaling-up of bamboo agroforestry can be rooted in robust scientific findings rather than the intuitions of governments and development actors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agroforestry, Deforestation, Land-use systems, Ecosystem services, Bamboo, Sustainability, Africa
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 06:32
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 09:00
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10005
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40003-017-0244-z
Projects: UNSPECIFIED
Funders: UNSPECIFIED
Acknowledgement: This review paper was produced as an activity of BiomassWeb (grant no. 031A258A), a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the initiative GlobE “Securing the Global Food Supply”. BiomassWeb is managed by the Center for Development Research, Universität of Bonn, Germany. The authors also thank the two anonymous reviewers and the handling editor for their immense contributions to improving the content of this paper.
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