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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa agroforestry a bridge for sustainable organic cocoa Production, Nunoo, Isaac, and Owusu Victor , 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference, 10/2014, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Roadmap to Nutrition Secure Cocoa Supply Chains. Business Case for Nutrition Security., GAIN , World Cocoa Conference - Interactive Sessions, 06/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
COMPLIANCE OF AGROCHEMICAL MARKETERS WITH BANNED COCOA PESTICIDES IN SOUTHWEST NIGERIA , Mokwunye, Idongesit U., and al Folaranmi D. Babalol , Journal of Agricultural sciences, 05/2014, Volume 59, Issue 2, Nigeria, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Fertilizer use among Cocoa Farmers in Ghana: The case of the Sefwi Wiawso District, Nunoo, Isaac, Frimpong Benedicta Nsiah, and Frimpong Frederick Kwabena , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (0) , (Practical Publication)
A Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Cacao Genetic Resources as the Foundation for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy, Laliberté, B., Cryer N.C., Daymond A.J., End M.J., Engels J., Eskes B., Gilmour M., Lachenaud P., Phillips-Mora W., Turnbull C.J., et al. , 17th International Cocoa Research Conference, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 15-20 October 2012., 10/2012, Cameroon, (2012) , (Practical Publication)
Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, conference, World cocoa , World cocoa conference, 2012, (2012) , (Practical Publication)

Plant biodiversity and vegetation structure in traditional cocoa forest gardens in southern Cameroon under different management

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TitlePlant biodiversity and vegetation structure in traditional cocoa forest gardens in southern Cameroon under different management
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsVidal, Stefan
JournalBiodiversity and conservation
End Page1821 - 1835
Date Published2008///
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsagroforestry, biodiversity conservation, Cameroon, diversification, farmers & production, green production

Floristic surveys were performed in 17 traditional cocoa forest gardens under different management regimes in the humid forest area of southern Cameroon, to assess the impact of intensification on plant biodiversity. It was found that management as practiced in traditional cocoa forest gardens following a gradient of intensification from extensive cocoa forest gardens with high floristic diversity to intensive ones strongly impacts plant diversity, plant biomass and to some extend carbon storage with possible negative consequences on biodiversity. Great differences in species richness, species composition, and, for trees, diameter at breast height and basal area were evident among the five types of traditional cocoa forest garden systems investigated. In terms of plant species richness, we found a decreasing gradient of plant species numbers from extensive forest gardens to intensive ones. The Management Index could be used to standardize certification procedures and assess conservation progress and success. Traditional cocoa forest gardens can help to protect many forest species, sustains smallholder production and offer more scope for conservation of biodiversity, at both species-level and landscape-level. Moreover, diverse traditional cocoa forest gardens may help in regulating pests and diseases and allow for efficient adaptation to changing socioeconomic conditions.


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