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By Vytautas Pilipavičius

This booklet is a set of chapters, in regards to the advancements in the Agroecology box of analysis. The publication comprises scholarly contributions by means of quite a few authors pertinent to Agricultural and organic Sciences. every one contribution comes as a separate bankruptcy whole in itself yet at once on the topic of the book's issues and pursuits. the objective viewers includes students and experts within the box.

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Crop production is mostly conducted on small, hand cultivated plots farmed by women-headed households. Sorghum is the main cultivated crop, in addition to maize, millet and rice. Other crops such as groundnut, cassava, sweat potato, vegetables and sesame are also grown. Rainfed mechanized cereal production is practiced on large scale in the Upper Nile state [123]. Crop production systems remain primarily subsistence in nature and crop yield is low. 7 million ha) is currently cultivated while more than 80% is still under natural vegetation [122].

Highland temperate farming system: this is found extensively in the high land complexes comprising mountain chains and plateaus at altitudes of 2000 to 3000 m above sea level. Traditional rainfed subsistence farming is practiced on the highland plateaus. Teff, wheat, barley, sorghum, broad beans, field peas, chickpeas, vetch and oil crops are grown. The livestock in this system include cattle, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, mules, poultry and bees. The major sources for feed of livestock are natural pastures with contribution from crop residues, industrial by-products and locally grown fodders.

8. Pastoral farming systems: in arid areas, west, east and southern Africa. 9. Fish-based farming systems: along coastal areas and major lakes. 10. Forest-based farming systems: humid lowlands, central Africa. 11. Irrigated farming systems: low rainfall areas. 12. Sparse arid pastoralism and oases farming systems: arid areas, west, north east and southern Africa. 13. Urban and peri-urban farming systems: all parts of Africa 25 26 Agroecology Based on this classification, the following farming systems are currently practiced in IGAD region: 1.

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