International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
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Perceptions and outlook on intercropping coffee with banana as an opportunity for smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda Laurence Jassogne Philippe V. Baret
a a a b
, Piet J.A. van Asten , Ibrahim Wanyama &
Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud, 2L7.05.14, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348, Belgium b
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), P.O. Box 7878, Kampala, Uganda Version of record first published: 28 Aug 2012
To cite this article: Laurence Jassogne, Piet J.A. van Asten, Ibrahim Wanyama & Philippe V. Baret (2012): Perceptions and outlook on intercropping coffee with banana as an opportunity for smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, DOI:10.1080/14735903.2012.714576 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2012.714576
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International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability iFirst article 2012, 1– 15
Perceptions and outlook on intercropping coffee with banana as an opportunity for smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda Laurence Jassognea,b∗ , Piet J.A. van Astenb, Ibrahim Wanyamab and Philippe V. Bareta ´ Earth and Life Institute, Universite catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud, 2L7.05.14, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348, Belgium; bInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), P.O. Box 7878, Kampala, Uganda a
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Coffee and banana are important cash and food crops in Uganda and the surrounding East African highland region. Production is dominated by smallholders that have limited arable land and often coffee and banana are intercropped. No signiﬁcant research and development efforts have been undertaken over the last few decades on this coffee/banana intercropping system. Because recent studies suggest that this system could be a practice with high beneﬁts to the farmers, we decided to study the perceptions of stakeholders along the coffee value chain starting with farmers. Perception analysis based on open-ended interviews following interview guides revealed that a major limitation for the sustainability of this system was poor soil fertility conditions. Perceptions on the beneﬁts of intercropping differed little among coffee actors; that is, banana intercropping provides additional food and income from smallholders’ limited land and helps farmers reduce risks related to drought, pest/disease attacks and coffee price volatility. However, farmers’ desire to minimize risks does not match the objective of stakeholders higher up the coffee value chain to maximize coffee production. Furthermore, research by public institutes, both national and...