| || || Agroforestry systems--Samoa|
| || || Agroforestry system development for sustainable food production in Samoa |
Author: Iosefa, Tolo Levi.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Agroforestry systems--Samoa, Sustainable agriculture--Samoa
Call No.: Pac S 494 .5 .A45 I58
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Presently, Western Samoa faces the critical challenge of sustaining food production by extending cultivation to forest land and intensifying production on existing croplands. Productive and sustainable use of these areas requires systems which make efficient use of available resources in an environmental and socially acceptable manner, and which are economically viable. Research in Western Samoa is currently testing agroforestry technologies, for their potential in sustaining crop yields in comparison to the traditional method of bush fallowing. The main focus of this study is an evaluation of legume tree intercropping systems for their potential in sustaining food crop production in Western Samoa. The research concentrates on the use of fast growing leguminous trees to fix nitrogen, recycle soil nutrients and enrich fallow periods. Prunings from trees being applied as mulch to food crops to supply nutrients, improve soil physical properties and control weeds. This study was developed through identifying and defining existing problems facing subsistence fanners in the rural communities in Western Samoa.