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Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

SAIRLA programme: Special Issue of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

To conclude the UK Aid - DFID funded programme Sustainable Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) a Special Issue of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability was published on "Enabling conditions for smallholder, women and youth participation in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa", guest-edited by Jonne Rodenburg and Jeremy Haggar of NRI.

The Special Issue contains 17 Open Access papers from project participants, divided over three sub-themes: equity, trade-offs and services. Contributions from NRI include:

Recent Publications

    • Amoabeng, B. W., P. C. Stevenson, B. M. Mochiah, K. P. Asare and G. M. Gurr 2020. Scope for non-crop plants to promote conservation biological control of crop pests and serve as sources of botanical insecticides. Scientific Reports 10: 6951. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-63709-x
    • Arnold, S. E. J., P. Bridgemohan, G. B. Perry, G. R. Spinelli, B. Pierre, F. Murray, C. Haughton, O. Dockery, L. Grey, S. T. Murphy, S. R. Belmain, and P. C. Stevenson. 2018. The significance of climate in the pollinator dynamics of a tropical agroforestry system.  Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 254:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.11.013.
    • Banerjee, S., F. Walder, L. Büchi, M. Meyer, A. Y. Held, A. Gattinger, T. Keller, R. Charles, and M. G. A. van der Heijden. 2019. Agricultural intensification reduces microbial network complexity and the abundance of keystone taxa in roots.  Isme Journal 13 (7):1722-36. doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0383-2.
    • Bettridge, J. M., A. Psifidi, Z. G. Terfa, T. T. Desta, M. Lozano-Jaramillo, T. Dessie, P. Kaiser, P. Wigley, O. Hanotte, and R. M. Christley. 2018. The role of local adaptation in sustainable production of village chickens.  Nature Sustainability 1 (10):574-82. doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0150–9.
    • Borrell, J. S., S. Dodsworth, F. Forest, O. A. Perez-Escobar, M. A. Lee, E. Mattana, P. C. Stevenson, M. J. R. Howes, H. W. Pritchard, D. Ballesteros, B. Kusumoto, I. Ondo, J. Moat, W. Milliken, P. Ryan, T. Ulian, and S. Pironon. 2020. The climatic challenge: Which plants will people use in the next century?  Environmental and Experimental Botany 170. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.103872.
    • Büchi, L., M. Wendling, C. Amosse, M. Necpalova, and R. Charles. 2018. Importance of cover crops in alleviating negative effects of reduced soil tillage and promoting soil fertility in a winter wheat cropping system.  Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 256:92-104. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2018.01.005.
    • Cerretelli, S., L. Poggio, A. Gimona, G. Yakob, S. Boke, M. Habte, M. Coull, A. Peressotti, and H. Black. 2018. Spatial assessment of land degradation through key ecosystem services: The role of globally available data.  Science of the Total Environment 628-629:539-55. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.085.
    • Coast, O., S. Harden, W. C. Conaty, R. Brodrick, and E. J. Edwards. 2020. Canopy temperature of high-nitrogen water-stressed cotton.  Crop Science 60 (3):1513-29. doi: 10.1002/csc2.20127.
    • Constant, N. L., L. H. Swanepoel, S. T. Williams, V. Soarimalala, S. M. Goodman, A. T. Massawe, L. S. Mulungu, R. H. Makundi, M. E. Mdangi, P. J. Taylor, and S. R. Belmain. Comparative assessment on rodent impacts and cultural perceptions of ecologically based rodent management in 3 Afro-Malagasy farming regions.  Integrative Zoology n/a (n/a). doi: 10.1111/1749-4877.12447.
    • Elisante, F., P. A. Ndakidemi, S. E. J. Arnold, S. R. Belmain, G. M. Gurr, I. Darbyshire, G. Xie, J. Tumbo, and P. C. Stevenson. 2019. Enhancing knowledge among smallholders on pollinators and supporting field margins for sustainable food security.  Journal of Rural Studies 70:75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.07.004.
    • Grafton, R. Q., L. Doyen, C. Bene, E. Borgomeo, K. Brooks, L. Chu, G. S. Cumming, J. Dixon, S. Dovers, D. Garrick, A. Helfgott, Q. Jiang, P. Katic, T. Kompas, L. R. Little, N. Matthews, C. Ringler, D. Squires, S. I. Steinshamn, S. Villasante, S. Wheeler, J. Williams, and P. R. Wyrwoll. 2019. Realizing resilience for decision-making.  Nature Sustainability 2 (10):907-13. doi: 10.1038/s41893-019-0376-1.
    • Haggar, J., R. Lamboll, V. Nelson, and J. Rodenburg. 2020. Understanding different perspectives on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and how it can be achieved.  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (Special Issue on Enabling conditions for smallholder, women and youth participation in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa).
    • Haggar, J., D. Pons, L. Saenz, and M. Vides. 2019. Contribution of agroforestry systems to sustaining biodiversity in fragmented forest landscapes.  Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 283. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2019.06.006.
    • Haggar, J., G. Soto, F. Casanoves, and E. D. Virginio. 2017. Environmental-economic benefits and trade-offs on sustainably certified coffee farms.  Ecological Indicators 79:330-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.023.
    • Herath, Hmli, P. Moldrup, L. W. de Jonge, M. Nicolaisen, T. Norgaard, E. Arthur, and M. Paradelo. 2017. Clay-to-Carbon Ratio Controls the Effect of Herbicide Application on Soil Bacterial Richness and Diversity in a Loamy Field.  Water Air and Soil Pollution 228 (1). doi: 10.1007/s11270-016-3175-6.
    • Ifeanyi-Obi, C. C., A. O. Togun, R. Lamboll, and S. Arokoyu. 2017. Socio-Economic Determinants of Cocoyam Farmer's Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Nigeria.  Journal of Agricultural Extension 21 (2):91-104. doi: 10.4314/jae.v21i2.8.
    • Kamara, L. I., P. Dorward, B. Lalani, and E. Wauters. 2019. Unpacking the drivers behind the use of the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) approach: The case of rice research and extension professionals in Sierra Leone.  Agricultural Systems 176. doi: 10.1016/j.agsy.2019.102673.
    • Kumari, Kgid, P. Moldrup, M. Paradelo, L. Elsgaard, and L. W. de Jonge. 2017. Effects of Biochar on Dispersibility of Colloids in Agricultural Soils.  Journal of Environmental Quality 46 (1):143-52. doi: 10.2134/jeq2016.08.0290.
    • Lalani, B., P. Dorward, and G. Holloway. 2017. Farm-level Economic Analysis - Is Conservation Agriculture Helping the Poor?  Ecological Economics 141:144-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.05.033.
    • Lara-Estrada, L., L. Rasche, L. E. Sucar, and U. A. Schneider. 2018. Inferring Missing Climate Data for Agricultural Planning Using Bayesian Networks.  Land 7 (1). doi: 10.3390/land7010004.
    • Mahon, N., I. Crute, M. Di Bonito, E. A. Simmons, and M. M. Islam. 2018. Towards a broad-based and holistic framework of Sustainable Intensification indicators.  Land Use Policy 77:576-97. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.06.009.
    • Mahon, N., I. Crute, E. Simmons, and M. M. Islam. 2017. Sustainable intensification – “oxymoron” or “third-way”? A systematic review. Ecological Indicators 74:73-97. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.11.001.
    • Manalil, S., O. Coast, J. Werth, and B. S. Chauhan. 2017. Weed management in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) through weed-crop competition: A review.  Crop Protection 95:53-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2016.08.008.
    • Mkenda, P. A., P. A. Ndakidemi, P. C. Stevenson, S. E. J. Arnold, I. Darbyshire, S. R. Belmain, J. Priebe, A. C. Johnson, J. Tumbo, and G. M. Gurr. 2020. Knowledge gaps among smallholder farmers hinder adoption of conservation biological control.  Biocontrol Science and Technology 30 (3):256-77. doi: 10.1080/09583157.2019.1707169.
    • Morgans, C. L., E. Meijaard, T. Santika, E. Law, S. Budiharta, M. Ancrenaz, and K. A. Wilson. 2018. Evaluating the effectiveness of palm oil certification in delivering multiple sustainability objectives. Environmental Research Letters 13 (6):064032. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac6f4.
    • Necpalova, M., J. Lee, C. Skinner, L. Büchi, R. Wittwer, A. Gattinger, M. van der Heijden, P. Mader, R. Charles, A. Berner, J. Mayer, and J. Six. 2018. Potentials to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from Swiss agriculture.  Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 265:84-102. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2018.05.013.
    • Nelson, V., and D. Phillips. 2018. Sector, Landscape or Rural Transformations? Exploring the Limits and Potential of Agricultural Sustainability Initiatives through a Cocoa Case Study.  Business Strategy and the Environment 27 (2):252-62. doi: 10.1002/bse.2014.
    • Pant, L. P. 2019. Responsible innovation through conscious contestation at the interface of agricultural science, policy, and civil society.  Agriculture and Human Values 36 (2):183-97. doi: 10.1007/s10460-019-09909-2.
    • Po, J. Y. T., and G. M. Hickey. 2018. Local institutions and smallholder women's access to land resources in semi-arid Kenya.  Land Use Policy 76:252-63. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.055.
    • Po, J. Y. T., A. S. Saint Ville, H. M. T. Rahman, and G. M. Hickey. 2019. On Institutional Diversity and Interplay in Natural Resource Governance.  Society & Natural Resources 32 (12):1333-43. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1667463.
    • Randrianjafizanaka, M. T., P. Autfray, A. P. Andrianaivo, I. R. Ramonta, and J. Rodenburg. 2018. Combined effects of cover crops, mulch, zero-tillage and resistant varieties on Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze in rice-maize rotation systems.  Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 256:23-33. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.12.005.
    • Rodenburg, J., L. Büchi, and J. Haggar. 2020. Adoption by Adaptation: Moving from Conservation Agriculture to Conservation Practices.  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (Special Issue on Enabling conditions for smallholder, women and youth participation in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa):17. doi: 10.1080/14735903.2020.1785734.
    • Rodenburg, J., J.M. Johnson, I. Dieng, K. Senthilkumar, E. Vandamme, C. Akakpo, M.D. Allarangaye, I. Baggie, S.O. Bakare, R.K. Bam, I. Bassoro, B.B. Abera, M. Cisse, W. Dogbe, H. Gbakatchetche, F. Jaiteh, G.J. Kajiru, A. Kalisa, N. Kamissoko, S. Keita, A. Kokou, D. Mapiemfu-Lamare, F.M. Lunze, J. Mghase, I.M. Maïga, D. Nanfumba, A. Niang, R. Rabeson, Z. Segda, F.S. Sillo, A. Tanaka, and K. Saito. 2019. Status quo of chemical weed control in rice in sub-Saharan Africa.  Food Security 11 (1):69-92. doi: 10.1007/s12571-018-0878-0.
    • Rodenburg, J., M. T. Randrianjafizanaka, L. Büchi, I. Dieng, A. P. Andrianaivo, L.H. Raveloson Ravaomanarivo, and P. Autfray. 2020. Mixed outcomes from conservation practices on soils and Striga-affected yields of a low input, rice-maize system in Madagascar.  Agronomy for Sustainable Development 40 (8). doi: 10.1007/s13593-020-0612-0.
    • Santika, T., K. A. Wilson, S. Budiharta, E. A. Law, T. M. Poh, M. Ancrenaz, M. J. Struebig, and E. Meijaard. 2019. Does oil palm agriculture help alleviate poverty? A multidimensional counterfactual assessment of oil palm development in Indonesia.  World Development 120:105-17. doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.04.012.
    • Santika, T., K. A. Wilson, E. Meijaard, S. Budiharta, E. E. Law, M. Sabri, M. Struebig, M. Ancrenaz, and T.-M. Poh. 2019. Changing landscapes, livelihoods and village welfare in the context of oil palm development.  Land Use Policy 87:104073. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104073.
    • Shee, A., C. G. Turvey, and L. Z. You. 2019. Design and rating of risk-contingent credit for balancing business and financial risks for Kenyan farmers.  Applied Economics 51 (50):5447-65. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2019.1613502.
    • Williams, S. T., N. Maree, P. Taylor, S. R. Belmain, M. Keith, and L. H. Swanepoel. 2018. Predation by small mammalian carnivores in rural agro-ecosystems: An undervalued ecosystem service? Ecosystem Services 30:362-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.12.006.
    • Zu, P., K. Boege, E. del-Val, M. C. Schuman, P. C. Stevenson, A. Zaldivar-Riverón, and S. Saavedra. 2020. Information arms race explains plant-herbivore chemical communication in ecological communities. Science 368 (6497):1377-81. doi: 10.1126/science.aba2965.