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Improving small-scale agriculture and countering deforestation: the case of biochar and biochar producing stoves in Embu County, Kenya

Magnusson, Anders LU (2015) SGED10 20151
Department of Human Geography
Human Ecology
Abstract
This research examines the introduction and diffusion of biochar as a soil amendment and biochar producing stoves in Embu County, Kenya, together with its related socio-economic potentials and challenges. The area has seen rapid rates of deforestation together with declining soil fertility during the last couple of decades. Biochar as a soil amendment and biochar
producing stoves offers a viable solution to these problems, at the same time as it may improve the productivity in the small-scale agriculture, the main income-generating activity in the area. In order to do so, it is of utmost importance that these innovations are well adapted to local socio-economic, geographical and cultural pre-conditions. Through a case study in Embu... (More)
This research examines the introduction and diffusion of biochar as a soil amendment and biochar producing stoves in Embu County, Kenya, together with its related socio-economic potentials and challenges. The area has seen rapid rates of deforestation together with declining soil fertility during the last couple of decades. Biochar as a soil amendment and biochar
producing stoves offers a viable solution to these problems, at the same time as it may improve the productivity in the small-scale agriculture, the main income-generating activity in the area. In order to do so, it is of utmost importance that these innovations are well adapted to local socio-economic, geographical and cultural pre-conditions. Through a case study in Embu County, I have investigated the perceptions and pre-conditions of small-scale farmers in relation to local socio-economic geographical or cultural challenges and the related potential solutions. The findings suggest that these new innovations have a high potential in the area and that they could play a vital part of a sustainable agricultural intensification process. (Less)
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Magnusson, Anders LU
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SGED10 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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new agricultural innovations, Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM), biochar producing stoves, Biochar, soil amendment, Kenya, deforestation
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English
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5434615
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  abstract     = {This research examines the introduction and diffusion of biochar as a soil amendment and biochar producing stoves in Embu County, Kenya, together with its related socio-economic potentials and challenges. The area has seen rapid rates of deforestation together with declining soil fertility during the last couple of decades. Biochar as a soil amendment and biochar
producing stoves offers a viable solution to these problems, at the same time as it may improve the productivity in the small-scale agriculture, the main income-generating activity in the area. In order to do so, it is of utmost importance that these innovations are well adapted to local socio-economic, geographical and cultural pre-conditions. Through a case study in Embu County, I have investigated the perceptions and pre-conditions of small-scale farmers in relation to local socio-economic geographical or cultural challenges and the related potential solutions. The findings suggest that these new innovations have a high potential in the area and that they could play a vital part of a sustainable agricultural intensification process.},
  author       = {Magnusson, Anders},
  keyword      = {new agricultural innovations,Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM),biochar producing stoves,Biochar,soil amendment,Kenya,deforestation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Improving small-scale agriculture and countering deforestation: the case of biochar and biochar producing stoves in Embu County, Kenya},
  year         = {2015},
}