Drawing on the collective expertise of world authorities, Ecological Basis of Agroforestry employs extensive use of tables and figures to demonstrate how ecologically sustainable agroecosystems can meet the challenges of enhancing crop productivity, soil fertility, and environmental sustainability. Divided into four sections, this comprehensive volume begins with a study of tree-crop interaction in tropical and temperate climates.
This book is a critical account of tropical agricultural science in the
twentieth century, with its successes as well as its fads and failures.
Its coverage reaches back into the beginning of the twentieth century,
but the second half of the century takes place of choice.
Which means that the story is closely linked with that of post-colonial
development and scrutinises the role agricultural science has
played (or failed to play) in the advancement of the tropical smallholder,
in particular in Africa....
Many of the traditionally sound cultural practices
recommended for conventional agriculture
are also employed in organic production. In
fact, organic agriculture has been referred to as
“good farming practice without using synthetic
For example, planned crop
rotations, which have multiple benefits in terms
of soil building, plant health, pest management,
and enhancing biodiversity, are required in annual
organic cropping systems.