Enhancing tilapia polycultures through better farm scale integration in Bangladesh

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Linkages between the fish ponds and surrounding land for horticulture are a distinctive feature of farming households in Bangladesh. It was hypothesised that integration of fish ponds in integrated farming system enhances livelihoods and reduces poverty. The effects of introducing tilapia into existing integrated farming systems on the broader pond-dike system and associated livelihoods in […]

System of Rice Intensification increases output while reducing inputs

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The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is becoming widely adopted in many African and Asian countries because, compared with standard rice management (SRM), it consistently achieves increases in output alongside reductions in inputs of seeds, agrochemicals, water, energy and labour. SRI uses specific crop and water management practices that favour aerobic soil environment, root growth […]

Crop-Livestock Management in Slopeland areas of the Philippines

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In the Philippines, cropland makes up a third of the total land area – nearly 2/3s of the land area is upland and erosion prone. These croplands have been trditionally monocrops of rice, corn, sugarcane and coconut. Approximately 60% of the land is considered eroded and the country continues losing soil at the rate of […]

Shifting cultivation and agrobiodiversity in Vanuatu

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In Vanuatu, farmers prefer to work numerous small fields in different locations and as a mechanism to cope with hurricane and pest damage. Shifting cultivation, a widespread cultivation system in the tropics, is also practiced and helps to maintain a high diversity of primary and subsidiary crops. 297 fields in 6 villages were measured and […]

Artisanal fisheries for small pelagic species in West Java, Indonesia

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On the South Java Coast, individuals switch between rice-farming, tree-crops and fishing to respond to dynamic seasonal and inter-annual variations in fish availability

Poverty reduction in coconut growing communities.

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The Asian Development Bank and Bioversity’s International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) partnered in an endeavour linking PGR conservation and poverty reduction in eight Asia Pacific countries to prove that “coconut farmers need not be poor”.  The project consisted of developing, deploying, testing and promoting promising coconut-based income-generating technologies in poor coconut growing communities to increase income and reduce […]

Paddy farmer’s adaptation practices to climatic vulnerabilities in Malaysia

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In Malaysia, paddy farmers respond to perceived changes in the climate through a number of techniques. Adaptation practices are mostly based upon their common sense responses, although they tend to not have a clear perception of the climatic changes and their own vulnerabilities.

Enriching Soil and Milk Composition with Leguminous Fodders in Bangladesh

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The fodder legume, Lathyrus sativus, is produced in the rice fields of farmers to mitigate a shortage of fodder supply to dairy cattle as well as to improve soil fertility.  Fodder yield was recorded and soil fertility assessed, following the incorporation of Lathyrus sativus into a relay crop of Aman rice. Fodder was harvested after […]

Vegetables in Bangladesh: Economic and Nutritional Impact of New Varieties and technologies

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Farmers in Bangladesh are challenged b annual monsoon floods and cyclones.  In Khulna division, farmers also experience salinity, waterlogged soils and drought. Introduction of flood tolerant crops such as jute mallow, Malabar spinach and Kangkong offer a means of providing additional income as well as improving consumer health.   Introduction of vegetables into homegardens in […]