A characterization of rice-growing environments in West Africa.

W. Andriesse, L.O. Fresco

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    Building on past classifications, this article proposes a comprehensive characterization of rice-growing environments in West Africa on the basis of ecological and agronomic parameters. Using climate, soils, toposequence, land types and rice cropping system as classificatory principles, 18 different environments are distinguished and their characteristics are summarized in three sets of tables. Current constraints to rice production in each of the environments and the implications for rice research are briefly highlighted, as well as the need for field-level verification of the characterization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-395
    JournalAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1991


    • zea mays
    • maize
    • agricultural meteorology
    • land evaluation
    • land capability
    • soil suitability
    • west africa
    • ecology
    • crops
    • agriculture
    • phenology
    • acclimatization

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