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Record number 380484
Title Farm nitrogen flows of four farmer field schools in Kenya
Author(s) Beek, C.L.; Onduru, D.D.; Gachimbi, L.N.; Jager, A. de
Source Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 83 (2009)1. - ISSN 1385-1314 - p. 63 - 72.
Department(s) Soil Science Centre
LEI MARKT & K - Duurzame Handel en Ketenvorming
Wageningen Environmental Research
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2009
Keyword(s) monitoring nutrient flows - sub-saharan africa - economic-performance - systems nutmon - 3 districts - management - balances - highlands
Abstract Re-use of nutrients within farming systems contributes to sustainable food production in nutrient limited production systems. Re-use is established when nutrients pass through several farm compartments before they leave the farm via marketable products. In this paper re-use of nitrogen is examined as an indicator for sustainable soil fertility management. Re-use (RU, kg farm-1) was defined as the amount of nitrogen that was translocated within one farm divided by the sum of transitions between farm compartments within a farm. In 2002, a total of 101 farms belonging to 4 farmer field schools in Kenya were analysed using the NUTMON (now known as MonQI) toolbox. The farms were distributed over 4 farmer field schools located in two agro-ecological zones.RUwas positively related to the net farm income and to crop yields. However, data were scattered and often local farm conditions veiled the relation between nitrogen management strategies and farm performances. The results of this paper demonstrate that different agro-ecological zones with diverse production constraints have developed different in-farm nitrogen management strategies that are best adapted to the local conditions, but may have different environmental impacts.
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