Books  Sustainable Development  Agriculture & Food 

Cover Crops in Smallholder Agriculture: Lessons from Latin America

By: Simon Anderson, Sabrine Guendel, Barry Pound and Bernard Triomphe

136 pages, Figs, tabs

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 2001 | #119917 | ISBN: 1853395307
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £12.95 $16/€15 approx

About this book

This work is about the fact that the use and dissemination of cover crops in different agreoecosystems needs to be made more widely available not only to Spanish speaking, but also Anglophone regions. It aims to inform a wide range of actors involved in rural development projects, as well as those in applied research, about the potential of cover crops as components of low external input agricultural (LEIA) systems. Cover crops are, or have the potential to be, an important component in complex, diverse, risk-prone and resource-poor farming situations. The publication includes selected case studies from four different countries in Latin America. These address key issues regarding crop cover integration in LEIA systems. A wide range of agroecosystems are covered by the case studies, so that the information can be adapted for use in other regions. The key issues covered by the case studies are the following: cover crops in annual cropping systems (Honduras); cover crops in perennial crops (Bolivia); role of cover crops in animal husbandry (Mexico); cover crop systems - soil improvement and conservation (Honduras); alternatives to slash-and-burn (Mexico); diffusion aspects of cover crop based systems; applied research activities for agricultural systems improvement (Bolivia); and action research with campesino farmers in South-east Mexico. However, the different aspects of cover crops cannot be treated separately from each other. The cross-cutting nature of the different aspects of cover crops becomes obvious from the case studies themselves, and the treatment highlights potential applications in other contexts.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!

Bestsellers in this subject

Food for Free (40th Anniversary Edition)

NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx

Microclimate: The Biological Environment

NHBS Price: £225.00 $275/€252 approx

Collins Food for Free

NHBS Price: £12.99 $16/€15 approx

Peppers: Vegetable and Spice Capsicums

NHBS Price: £44.99 $55/€50 approx

Pollination Services to Agriculture

NHBS Price: £34.99 $43/€39 approx