Productivity and biological diversity in the coffee-banana system in the Mt. Elgon Region of Uganda: Establishing Trends, Linkages and Opportunities
- Project Summary
In this project, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University (Uganda) in conjunction with the Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) of the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany) will implement three interconnected subprojects that will aim to:
- Identify the socio-economic and biophysical drivers of agricultural land use, management options and outputs in coffee-banana systems in the Mt. Elgon region (MER). This will establish the range and interaction of factors influencing farmers’ decisions in investing in crop production and resource management practices; and their perceptions on long-term sustainability.
- Assess the impact of land use, management options and the landscape context on biological diversity and productivity in coffee-banana systems in the MER. The study will explore the relationship between farm management profiles and landuse at different landscape levels with the variability in biotic and abiotic factors of the system and how they combine to drive diversity of indicators of ecosystem services notably, pollination, biological pest control, nutrient cycling and soil formation, and food and fuel. Longitudinal surveys will collect data on plant and soil parameters; indicator insects’ diversity; and produce value.
- Establish optimal level of interaction between the ecological and economic goods of farming systems in the MER. This project will consider the three dimensions of sustainable development: ecology, economy and society. We will delineate an innovative concept of cash crop production based on nature conservation, income generation and livelihood promotion. Results will be packaged as recommendations and policy briefs to guide and direct future management protocols for sustainable production and biodiversity in coffee-banana systems in Uganda.