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[ Article ] Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin

Date de soumission: 18-05-2017
Année de Publication: 2016
Entité/Laboratoire Laboratoire Hydraulique et de Maitrise de l'Eau (LHME)
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Agriculture & Agronomie
Titre Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin
Auteurs SINTONDJI LUC OLIVIER CREPIN [1], HUAT Joël [2], DOSSOU-YOVO Elliott [1], FUSILLIER Jean Louis [3], AGBOSSOU KOSSI EULOGE [1], DJAGBA Justin [6], GBAGUIDI Félix [5],
Journal: Scientific Research and Essays
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 0
Volume Journal: 11
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Resume In a context of greater climate variability and increasing population pressure, inland valleys are considered as high potential agricultural area. This agricultural potential has been subject to multiple initiatives for characterization which were generally based on the physical characteristics. However, support strategies based on such inventories often fail to fit with the promoters’ expectations. One of the reasons is that approaches used to classify inland valleys do not generally take into account socioeconomic factors. This study aims to characterize the diversity of inland valleys in the departments of Mono and Couffo based on a joint consideration of biophysical, agronomic and socio-economic characteristics and to prioritize the factors affecting their agricultural use. Data were collected on 158 inland valleys and were related to biophysical characteristics, uses, management and economic productivity. Six types of inland valleys differentiated by the production systems, economic productivities and socioeconomic characteristics were identified. The production system based on rainfed rice and off-season vegetable with application of chemical fertilizer generated the highest economic productivity. Strengthening farmers’ technical abilities was important for a better capitalization on inland valleys. These results support the importance to combine several approaches in the classification of inland valleys and to fully understand the factors affecting their valorization by rural populations.
Mots clés Diversification, inland valleys, intensification, performance, typology, uses.
Pages 221 - 229
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