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

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: Hirons, M.; Comberti, C.; Dunford, R.
Year: 2016
Lead Principal Investigator
Organisation: Institue of Zoology
Country: United Kingdom
Principal Investigator
Organisation: University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Principal Investigator
Organisation: Nature Conservation Research Centre
Country: Ghana
Co Investigator
Organisation: Nature Conservation Research Centre
Country: Ghana
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Reading
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Co Investigator
Organisation: University of Reading
Country: United Kingdom
Project Management
Organisation: NCRC
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: FORIG
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: FORIG
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: ECFF
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: FORIG
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: EEPFE
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: ECFF
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: ECFF
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: ECFF
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: EEPFE
Country: Ethiopia
Researcher
Organisation: FORIG
Country: Ghana
Researcher
Organisation: Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission
Country: Ghana
Research Associate
Organisation: University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Research Associate
Organisation: Reading/Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Impact Partner
Organisation: Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC)
Country: Ghana
Impact Partner
Organisation: OFWE
Country: Ethiopia
Impact Partner
Organisation: Forestry Commission of Ghana
Country: Ghana