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Article Number - D85C6CC61053


Vol.11(20), pp. 221-229 , October 2016
DOI: 10.5897/SRE2016.6424
ISSN: 1992-2248



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Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin



Luc Ollivier Sintondji
  • Luc Ollivier Sintondji
  • University of Abomey- Calavi / Faculty of Agronomy Sciences, Benin Republic.
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Joel Huat
  • Joel Huat
  • CIRAD, UR Hortsys, F-34398, Montpellier Cedex 05, France.
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Elliott Dossou-Yovo
  • Elliott Dossou-Yovo
  • University of Abomey- Calavi / Faculty of Agronomy Sciences, Benin Republic.
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Jean Louis Fusillier
  • Jean Louis Fusillier
  • CIRAD, UMR G-Eau, F-34398, Montpellier Cedex 05, France.
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Euloge Agbossou
  • Euloge Agbossou
  • University of Abomey- Calavi / Faculty of Agronomy Sciences, Benin Republic.
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Justin Djagba
  • Justin Djagba
  • AfricaRice Center, 01 BP 2031, Cotonou, Benin Republic.
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Felix Gbaguidi
  • Felix Gbaguidi
  • Cellule Bas-fond / Direction du Génie Rural/ MAEP/Porto-Novo, Benin Republic.
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 Received: 21 May 2016  Accepted: 21 September 2016  Published: 30 October 2016

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In a context of greater climate variability and increasing population pressure, inland valleys are considered as high potential agricultural area. This agricultural potential has been subject to multiple initiatives for characterization which were generally based on the physical characteristics. However, support strategies based on such inventories often fail to fit with the promoters’ expectations. One of the reasons is that approaches used to classify inland valleys do not generally take into account socio-economic factors. This study aims to characterize the diversity of inland valleys in the departments of Mono and Couffo based on a joint consideration of biophysical, agronomic and socio-economic characteristics and to prioritize the factors affecting their agricultural use. Data were collected on 158 inland valleys and were related to biophysical characteristics, uses, management and economic productivity. Six types of inland valleys differentiated by the production systems, economic productivities and socioeconomic characteristics were identified. The production system based on rainfed rice and off-season vegetable with application of chemical fertilizer generated the highest economic productivity. Strengthening farmers’ technical abilities was important for a better capitalization on inland valleys. These results support the importance to combine several approaches in the classification of inland valleys and to fully understand the factors affecting their valorization by rural populations.

 

Key words: Diversification, inland valleys, intensification, performance, typology, uses.

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APA Sintondji, L. O., Huat, J., Dossou-Yovo, E., Fusillier, J. L., Agbossou, E., Djagba, J., & Gbaguidi, F. (2016). Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin. Scientific Research and Essays, 11(20), 221-229.
Chicago Luc Ollivier Sintondji, Joël Huat, Elliott Dossou-Yovo, Jean Louis Fusillier, Euloge Agbossou, Justin Djagba and F&elix Gbaguidi. "Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin." Scientific Research and Essays 11, no. 20 (2016): 221-229.
MLA Luc Ollivier Sintondji, et al. "Lessons withdrawn from the diversity of inland valleys cultivation at a regional scale: A case study of Mono and Couffo departments in south Benin." Scientific Research and Essays 11.20 (2016): 221-229.
   
DOI 10.5897/SRE2016.6424
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/SRE/article-abstract/D85C6CC61053

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