Mountain Agriculture in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region : Proceedings of an international symposium, 21-24 May 2001, Kathmandu, Nepal (2003)

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Farmers in the HKH region are facing a challenge: how to find ways of increasing the total value (and volume) of products to meet the needs and expectations of the present and expected future population, whilst avoiding environmental degradation and ensuring that resources are maintained for future generations. Options, potential solutions, and constraints for sedentary agriculture were discussed at the ‘International Symposium on Mountain Agriculture in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas’ organised by ICIMOD in May 2001. The presentations at the conference are brought together in this publication, loosely organised under six broad thematic topics: issues in mountain agriculture in the HKH; technologies for improving the productivity of mountain agriculture; opportunities and options for income generation and transition; issues of marginal farms and potential for development; gender, empowerment and community approaches; and institutional strategies for improving mountain farming. We are confident that this publication will provide a valuable source of information for all those working for mountain development, in particular, mountain agriculture, in the HKH and other regions.

ISBN: 92-9115-717-1
Language: English
Pages: 292
Table of Contents:
  1. Front Matter
  2. Opening Session
  3. Welcome Address
  4. Keynote Speech: Mountain Agriculture, Marginal Lands, and Sustainable Livelihoods: Challenges and Opportunities
  5. Keynote Speech: Highland Agriculture as Peasant Perseverance
  6. Issues in Mountain Agriculture in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas
  7. Poverty Reduction and Agriculture in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region: Some Emerging Issues
  8. Land Use Change in the Middle Hills of the HKH: Insights from the Five PARDYP Watersheds
  9. Developing Sustainable Mountain Agriculture in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region
  10. Methodologies for Assessing Agricultural Systems in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas
  11. Technologies for Improving the Productivity of Mountain Agriculture
  12. Assessment of Soil and Nutrient Losses from Rainfed Upland (Bari) Terraces in the Western Hills of Nepal
  13. Sloping Agricultural Land Technology for Hillside Farms in the Chttagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
  14. The Role of Agriculture Mechanisation in Achieving Food and Nutritional Security and Generating Employment
  15. Soil Fertility Status, Soil and Nutrient Loss, and Conservation Practices for Improving Rainfed Upland (Bari) Terraces in the Western Hills of Nepal
  16. Application of a Knowledge-based Systems Approach in Participatory Technology Development: Developing Soil and Water Management Interventions for Reducing Nutrient Losses in the Middle Hills of Nepal
  17. Why Dont Farmers Adopt Recommended Technologies? The Example of Contour Hedgerow Intercropping Technology
  18. An Ethnographic Enquiry into the Adoption of Contour Hedgerow Intercropping Agroforestry Technology by the Farmers in the Chittagong Hills Tracts, Bangladesh
  19. Options for Sustainable Land Management in the Mid hills of Nepal: Experiences of Testing and Demonstration of Contour Hedgerow Intercropping Technology
  20. Contour Hedgerow Farming in the North-east India
  21. Effects of Contour Hedgerow on Runoff Flow and Soil Erosion Control in a Dry Valley of the Jinsha River
  22. Effects of Contour Hedgerow of Nitrogen Fixing plants on Soil Fertility and Yields of Sloping Croplands in a Dry Valley of the Jinsha River, China
  23. Opportunities and Options for Income Generation and Transition in Mountain Agricultural Systems
  24. Pigeonpea: A Potential Multi-purpose Crop for the Mountains of Southern China
  25. Domesticated Non-timber Forest Products as the Major Sources of Livelihood for Hill Tribes in Marginal Mountain Farms of Nepal
  26. Butterfly Farming: An Off-Farm Income Option for Mountain Farming Communities Experience for Pakistan
  27. Agroforestry Interventions for Improving Livelihoods of Subsistence Farm Households in the Hills of Nepal
  28. Assessing Rural Community Livelihoods in the Mountain Terraces of Yemen
  29. Drip Irrigation for Cash Crop Production: Results of a Trial in the Jhikhu Khola Watershed, Nepal
  30. Apple Farming Productivity Concerns of Mountain Farmers and Pollination Issues
  31. The Role of Economic Trees in the Mountain Farm Economy: A Case Study of Apple Cultivation in Maoxian County, Sichuan Province, China
  32. Issues for Marginal Farms and Potential for Development
  33. Issues and Options for Marginal Farms in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas: A Study in Himachal Pradesh (India)
  34. Issues and Options for Improving the Livelihoods of Marginal Farmers in Uttaranchal
  35. Impact of Accessibility on Issues and Options of Marginal Farms in the Nepalese Mountains
  36. Use of Marginal Land to improve the Livelihoods of Mountain People Experiences from Himachal Pradesh
  37. Transition in Land-use Conditions of Marginal Farms in Mountain Areas of Nepal
  38. Impact of Leasehold Forestry on Marginal Mountain Farms in Nepal
  39. Problems and Potentials of Crop Diversification for Marginal Farmholders in the Dry Mountains of Dingxi Country, North-West China
  40. Gender, Empowerment and Community Approaches
  41. Rural Women of the HKH: The Prevalent, Yet Marginalised, Farmers
  42. Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Women through Diversification of Mountain Agriculture
  43. Gender Roles in the Production and Marketing of Allo (Girardinia diversifolia): An Income generating Activity of the Kulung Rai Community, Makalu-Barun National Park Area, Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal
  44. Gender Relationships and Agrobiodiversity Management Practices among the Lepchas of Sikkim: Relationship and Effects
  45. Managing Marginalisation in Shifting Cultivation Areas of North-east India: Community Innovations and Initiatives
  46. Sustainable Management of Beekeeping in Jumla District of Nepal: The Role of Farmer-led Institutions
  47. Participatory Action Research on Apis Cerana Selection for Improving Productivity and Conserving Biodiversity: A Case Study for Alital VDC of Dadeldhura District
  48. Institutional Strategies for Developing Mountain Farming
  49. An Institutional Strategy for Improving Mountain Farming: A Study of Uttaranchal State in the Indian Himalayas
  50. Research and Development Strategies for Horticultural Sustainability in Himachal Pradesh: Existing Status, Challenges, and Future Prospects
  51. Agricultural Development in the Arid Mountains of Pakistan: The NADRI Approach
  52. New Approaches for Reducing Poverty among Farming Communities in Balochistan, Pakistan
  53. Development and Transfer of Agricultural Technologies for Sustainable Mountain Development: The Approach in China
  54. Smallholder Dairy Farming in the Mountains: Potential for Operation Flood in Uttaranchal, India
  55. Biological Diversity of Medicinal Plants and Cereals of North-eastern Mountainous Regions of Pakistan, and their Exploitation for Sustainable Development
  56. An Explorative Analysis of the Productivity of Croplands in Tibet Autonomous Region, P.R. China
  57. Annexes
  58. Annex 1: List of Participants
  59. Annex 2: Symposium Programme
  60. About the authors
  61. Back Cover


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