Exploring the ecosystem limits to poverty alleviation in African forest-agriculture landscapes

Lead PI
Professor Ken Norris
Institution
University of Reading
Start Date
30 June, 2013
End Date
31 December, 2016
Project Code
NE/K010379-1

Background:

Agricultural development is a major pathway out of poverty in rural Africa. Productivity relies heavily on fertile soils, the control of pests and diseases, and crop pollination by wild animals. Although agricultural practices designed to deliver those can improve rural livelihoods in the short term, ecosystem degradation and the associated loss of ecosystem services might threaten these gains in the medium to long-term.

This project aims to explore those ecosystem limits in forest-agriculture landscapes by focusing research on cocoa farming in Ghana and coffee farming in Ethiopia. Ghana and Ethiopia provide an opportunity to study ecosystems that have contrasting development trajectories, levels of rural poverty and ecosystem health.

By studying these contrasts, we hope to provide the scientific evidence that helps rural communities avoid the potentially detrimental effects of ecosystem degradation and hence have more sustainable livelihoods in the longer-term.

 

Authors Title Year Citations
Hirons, M.;Comberti, C.;Dunford, R. Valuing Cultural Ecosystem Services 2016 2
Name Role Organisation Country
Professor Ken Norris Ethiopia; Ghana
Professor Ken Norris Lead Principal Investigator Institue of Zoology United Kingdom
Professor Yadvinder Malhi Principal Investigator University of Oxford United Kingdom
Mr John Mason Principal Investigator Nature Conservation Research Centre Ghana
Dr Rebecca Asare Co Investigator Nature Conservation Research Centre Ghana
Dr Emily Boyd Co Investigator University of Reading United Kingdom
Dr Constance McDermott Co Investigator University of Oxford United Kingdom
Dr Elizabeth J Z Robinson Co Investigator University of Reading United Kingdom
Mr. Michael Adu Sasu Project Management NCRC Ghana
Dr. Stephen Adu-Bredu Researcher Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) Ghana
Mr. Emmanuel Amponsah Manu Researcher FORIG Ghana
Mr. Emmanuel Asiedu-Opoku Researcher FORIG Ghana
Ms. Kidist Birmita Researcher ECFF Ethiopia
Mr. Jonathan Dabo Researcher FORIG Ghana
Dr. Abebe Damte Researcher EEPFE Ethiopia
Mr. Sheleme Demissie Researcher ECFF Ethiopia
Dr. Tadesse Woldemariam Gole Researcher ECFF Ethiopia
Mr. Techane Gonfa Researcher ECFF Ethiopia
Dr. Alemu Mekonnen Researcher EEPFE Ethiopia
Mr. Elvis Nkruma Researcher FORIG Ghana
Mr. John Parker Researcher Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission Ghana
Dr Mark Hirons Research Associate University of Oxford United Kingdom
Dr Alexandra Morel Research Associate Reading/Oxford United Kingdom
Mr. Robert Bamfo Impact Partner Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC) Ghana
Mr. Dereje Jenbere Impact Partner OFWE Ethiopia
Mr. Yaw Kwakye Impact Partner Forestry Commission of Ghana Ghana