Tropical Agriculture in Transition — Opportunities for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

  • Reiner Wassmann
  • Paul L. G. Vlek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Arvin Mosier, Reiner Wassmann, Louis Verchot, Jennifer King, Cheryl Palm
    Pages 11-49
  3. R. Wassmann, H. U. Neue, J. K. Ladha, M. S. Aulakh
    Pages 65-90
  4. Robin S. Reid, Philip K. Thornton, Graeme J. McCrabb, Russell L. Kruska, Fred Atieno, Peter G. Jones
    Pages 91-109
  5. Cheryl Palm, Tom Tomich, Meine Van Noordwijk, Steve Vosti, James Gockowski, Julio Alegre et al.
    Pages 145-162
  6. Georgia Carvalho, Paulo Moutinho, Daniel Nepstad, Luciano Mattos, Márcio Santilli
    Pages 163-174
  7. John E. L. Maddock, Maria B. P. Dos Santos, Sonia R. N. Alves De Sá, Pedro L. O. De A. Machado
    Pages 175-182
  8. Matthew Mendis, Keith Openshaw
    Pages 183-211
  9. Paul L. G. Vlek, Gabriela Rodríguez-Kuhl, Rolf Sommer
    Pages 213-233
  10. Tolentino B. Moya, Ben S. Malayang III
    Pages 261-277

About this book


Production from tropical agricultural systems will need to increase to satisfy the rising food demand of an increasing population coupled with changes in consumption patterns. At the same time, the agricultural sector is a significant source of greenhouse gases (GHG) in many developing countries, which can be attributed mainly to land-use change and methane emissions from rice and livestock. But how can we reconcile less GHG emissions from tropical agricultural systems while increasing productivity?

Due to the interactive nature of these issues, this book is compiled of articles on natural resource management, as well as the socio-economic aspects of GHG mitigation. The scope of mitigation options in tropical agriculture is discussed for three different activities: (a) agroforestry; (b) rice-based production systems; (c) pasture/animal husbandry.

Agronomic solutions alone will not be sufficient, as the institutional and economic frameworks within which farmers operate dictate whether a recommended agronomic management practice is acceptable. The prevention of deforestation, and the re-forestation of degraded land, could become key elements to national climate protection programs of some developing countries. Alternative management practices in rice-based and pasture systems may offer win-win options to reduce emissions and improve resource-use efficiencies.


Global warming Greenhouse gas Tropical agriculture development ecosystem production

Editors and affiliations

  • Reiner Wassmann
    • 1
  • Paul L. G. Vlek
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU)Forschungszentrum KarlsruheGarmisch-PartenkirchenGermany
  2. 2.Center for Development Research (ZEF)University of BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6341-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3604-6
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