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Wageningen Universiteit Pays Bas (2000)

Mixed farming : scope and constraints in West African savanna

Slingerland, Maja

Titre : Mixed farming : scope and constraints in West African savanna

Auteur : Slingerland, Maja

Université de soutenance  : Wageningen Universiteit

Grade : Doctor Thesis 2000

Résumé partiel
Since colonial times the crop livestock integration concept has been a leading development model in francophone West Africa. So far, it has failed in certain aspects, such as cultivation of fodder crops, intensification of cereal production through animal traction, and sedentarisation of mobile livestock keepers. Three major flaws in the concept have been identified, that are partly responsible for the reported failure : neglect of the farm (household) context, neglect of the financing role of livestock, neglect of competition for land and labour. Whether crop livestock integration can remain the leading development model in a situation of high population growth, has been explored through the following research question :

"Is crop livestock integration or mixed farming a suitable model for farming systems development, leading to guaranteed food security and socio-economic survival for all social entities of the rapidly increasing population in Sahelian countries, without endangering their resource basis ?"

Mots clés : FARMING SYSTEMS / MIXED FARMING / NATURAL RESOURCES / LAND USE / LIVESTOCK / DRAUGHT ANIMALS / TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER / SAVANNAS / WEST AFRICA / ANIMAL POWER / DIFFUSION OF RESEARCH / AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

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