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The Interactions of Human Mobility and Farming Systems on Biodiversity and Soil Quality in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
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Population growth and the drop in the returns from the major cash crop (coffee) for small farmers are the main drivers that have influenced the farming systems and mobility of farmers in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. The main objective of the research that led to this book was to determine the interactions between farming systems and human mobility in this region of Cameroon. A comparative study was conducted through household and field surveys in three villages and conceptualized based on the systems approach. The different types of mobility were influenced by household social factors, the quest for ëhigh valuedí farm plots and hired labour. Urban-rural migration contributed to occupation diversification and social mobility. The sustainability factor was a function of land use intensity, intensity of off-farm inputs, the household adjustment factor and mobility of the household. The sacred groves were rich in plant diversity of varied ecological and economic importance. Nitrogen mining was common at all levels of the farming system. These determinants and types of mobility claims are pertinent to the research area; the sustainability results of the farming systems reflect the reality on the ground; the nutrient flux evaluated at the crop and farm levels constitute a valuable database for future research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Tables and Figures
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. General Introduction
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. Determinants and Impacts of Human Mobility Dynamics in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
  2. C.M. Tankou, H.H. de Iongh, G. Persoon, M. de Bruijn, and G.R. de Snoo
  3. pp. 33-62
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  1. Sustainability and other determinants of smallholder farming systems in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
  2. C.M. Tankou, G.R. de Snoo, G. Persoon, and H.H. de Iongh
  3. pp. 63-96
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  1. Variation of Biodiversity in Sacred Groves and Fallows in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
  2. C.M. Tankou, G.R. de Snoo, G. Persoon, and H.H. de Iongh
  3. pp. 97-128
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  1. Soil Quality Assessment of Cropping Systems in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
  2. C.M. Tankou, G.R. de Snoo, G. Persoon, and H.H. de Iongh
  3. pp. 129-150
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  1. General Discussion and Synthesis
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. Summary: The Interactions of Human Mobility and Farming Systems and Impacts on Biodiversity and Soil Quality in the Western Highlands of Cameroon
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. Curriculum Vitae, Back Cover
  2. pp. 181-183
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