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Carbon farming practices and application amongst crop cooperatives in Uganda

Carbon farming practices and application amongst crop cooperatives in Uganda

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Climate change is undermining the importance and sustainability of cooperatives as important organizations in small holder agriculture in developing countries. To adapt, cooperatives could apply carbon farming practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their business by increasing yields, economic returns and enhancing ecosystem services. This study aimed to identify carbon farming practices from literature and investigate the rate of application within cooperatives in Uganda. We reviewed scholarly literature and assed them based on their economic and ecological effects and trade-offs. Field research was done by through an online survey with smallholder farmers in 28 cooperatives across 19 districts in Uganda. We identified 11 and categorized them under three farming systems: organic farming, conservation farming and integrated farming. From the field survey we found that compost is the most applied CFP (54%), crop rotations (32%) and intercropping (50%) across the three categorizations. Dilemmas about right organic amendment quantities, consistent supplies and competing claims of residues for e.g. biochar production, types of inter crops need to be solved in order to further advance the application of CFPs amongst crop cooperatives in Uganda.

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OrganisatieVan Hall Larenstein
LectoraatMilieu-impact van Circulaire Agro-Foodketens
Gepubliceerd inSustainability MDPI, Basel [etc.], Vol. 12
Datum2020-11-15
TypeArtikel
ISSN2071-1050
TaalEngels

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