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Title: Smallholder Farmers and Agroforestry Land Use Optimisation in Forest Fringed Communities in Ghana
Authors: Appiah, Divine Odame
Nyarko, Patrick
Keywords: Agroforestry
Land use
Optimization
Forest fringed
Ghana
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: International Journal of Scientific Research in Environmental Sciences
Citation: International Journal of Scientific Research in Environmental Sciences, 3(12), pp. 0420-0430, 2015 Available online at http://www.ijsrpub.com/ijsres
Abstract: The crave for meeting the fundamental livelihood needs of humanity, has resulted in pressure exerted on natural resource base, without recourse to the detrimental tendencies on future productive capacities of these resources. Consequently, this has invariably led to the decline in land use capacity for optimization. The situation is particularly so, in forest-fringed communities in Ghana. This paper assesses the potential role of agroforestry in mitigating agricultural land use and misuse problems among subsistence farmers in forest-fringe communities in Ghana. Using simple random sampling, 70 survey questionnaires were administered to subsistent farmer heads of household in Apaaso and Abenkyim communities of the Bekwai municipality in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The study also relied on secondary data for in-depth analysis of the role of agro forestry in mitigating agricultural land use problems. Results indicated that the dominant land use systems were food crop and animal production whiles agricultural land used problems faced by farmers were poor soils, small farm sizes, climate variability, weed infestation, pests among others. Indigenous multipurpose trees for agro-forestry technologies, hold promise to address the land use problems. Agroforestry has a possibility in addressing land use problems confronting farmers. However, the paper recommend that intensive extension and capacity building by governmental forestry agencies would further optimised the benefits to farmers in forest fringed communities.
Description: An article published by International Journal of Scientific Research in Environmental Sciences, 3(12), pp. 0420-0430, 2015 Available online at http://www.ijsrpub.com/ijsres
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10666
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