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Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems

By Thomas Gitau, Margaret W. Gitau, David Waltner-Toews

Series Editor: Clive A. Edwards

CRC Press – 2008 – 256 pages

Series: Advances in Agroecology

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    978-1-42-007277-8
    June 10th 2008

Description

Exploring the implementation of participatory, multistakeholder, and transdisciplinary ecosystem health research, Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems combines the latest theories in complexity and management with practical tools and approaches for sustainable rural development research.  Although the text focuses on smallholder farming communities in the central highlands of Kenya, the material discussed can be—and has been—effectively applied to agroecosystems in many other parts of the world.

After showing how the agroecosystem health framework was successfully adapted in a smallholder-dominated agroecosystem, the book integrates participatory methods, systems analyses, pulse process models, and soft systems methods in an open-ended, adaptive R&D process. It then looks at how to use correspondence analysis to refine a research-based suite of indicators and analyze data obtained using indicators.

Incorporating the authors’ pioneering work in the ecosystem health field, this book demonstrates the potential of the agroecosystem health paradigm as a framework in the decision-making processes of agricultural communities in a tropical highlands area.

Reviews

From the Foreword

“This welcome volume on agricultural sustainability … is authored by innovative scientists well-known in their fields … It is clearly written and provides a great deal of practical information as well as addresses theoretical and systems issues in depth.”

—Clive A. Edwards, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Contents

General Introduction

Global Context

Sustainability

Agroecosystem Health

The Kiambu Agroecosystem

Potential Indicators

Justification

Design and Implementation of an Adaptive, Integrated Approach to Health and Sustainability in a Smallholder-Dominated Agroecosystem

Research Strategy and Methods

Results

Discussion

Community Participation and the Integration of Agroecosystem Health and Sustainability Concerns into Practical Decision Making

Process and Methods

Results

Discussion

Use of Systems Theory, Directed Graphs, and Pulse Process Models in an Adaptive Approach to Agroecosystem Health and Sustainability

Process and Methods

Results

Discussion

Soft System Methodology in the Management of Agroecosystem Health and Sustainability Concerns of a Tropical Highlands Agroecosystem

Process and Methods

Results

Discussion

Development of Health and Sustainability Indicators for a Tropical Highlands Agroecosystem

Process and Methods

Results

Discussion

An Assessment of Health and Sustainability of a Smallholder-Dominated Tropical Highlands Ecosystem

Process and Methods

Results

Discussion

General Discussion

Synopsis

Sustainability

Agroecosystem Health

Kiambu Agroecosystem

Health and Sustainability Assessment

Summary

General Conclusions

Appendix 1: Questionnaire Used to Carry Out a Census of All the Land-Use Units in the Village

Appendix 2: Questionnaire Used for Indicator Measurement at the Land-Use Unit Level

Index

An Introduction and References appear in each chapter.

Name: Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: By Thomas Gitau, Margaret W. Gitau, David Waltner-ToewsSeries Editor: Clive A. Edwards. Exploring the implementation of participatory, multistakeholder, and transdisciplinary ecosystem health research, Integrated Assessment of Health and Sustainability of Agroecosystems combines the latest theories in complexity and management with...
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