Cassava in shifting cultivation : a systems approach to agricultural technology development in Africa

L.O. Fresco

    Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

    Abstract

    <p>The background of this study forms the debate about the nature and causes of the 'African crisis', the declining food availability per head of the African population. Generalized statements on African agriculture, based on aggregated production figures, however, do not adequately reflect the diversity in performances between crops and regions and do not allow the formulation of solutions adapted to local situations. In order to gain a better understanding of the African crisis, changes in cassava production in the Kwango-Kwilu region in central Zaire are analysed in detail. This analysis involves factors of different natures and rates of change. For that reason, a framework is developed that allows the integration of technical and socio-economic aspects of crop production. This framework draws upon ecological system analysis and, to a lesser extent, on farming systems research.</p>
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Flach, M., Promotor, External person
    • Röling, N.G., Promotor
    Award date11 Nov 1986
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs9789068320138
    Publication statusPublished - 1986

    Keywords

    • shifting cultivation
    • manihot esculenta
    • cassava
    • farming systems
    • economic sectors
    • economic situation
    • farm management
    • africa
    • economic production
    • cum laude

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