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Analysis and design of the shade canopy of cocoa-based agroforestry systems

Code: 9781838793685
Eduardo Somarriba, CATIE, Costa Rica; Luis Orozco-Aguilar, University of Melbourne, Australia; Rolando Cerda, CATIE, Costa Rica; and Arlene López-Sampson, James Cook University, Australia

Chapter synopsis: Cocoa-based agroforestry (AF) systems are a conspicuous element of agricultural landscapes worldwide. Shade canopy analysis and design is a key component of crop husbandry, and requires a good understanding of the interactions, synergies and trade-offs between shade, yield and environmental services. In this chapter we provide a guide and some principles to analyse and design an optimal shade canopy that provides a diverse, resilient AF system. We first review the different cocoa system typologies described in the literature, placing special emphasis on cocoa–timber systems. We present a guide for the analysis of the shade canopy of shaded cocoa systems, and then investigate the optimal design for cocoa shade canopies, with emphasis on the analysis of trade-offs and synergies between carbon storage and cocoa yields. Finally, we consider critical issues in applying AF science/knowledge to cocoa cultivation programmes.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0021.29
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Cocoa shade typologies 3 A four-step guide for analysis of the shade canopy 4 Designing improved shade canopies 5 Future needs: a call for action 6 Where to look for further information 7 Acknowledgements 8 References

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