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K.E. Giller

266 shared publications

Plant Production Systems Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Lisette C.P.G.M. De Groot

265 shared publications

Division of Human Nutrition and Health; Wageningen University; Wageningen The Netherlands

Laurens Klerkx

94 shared publications

Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group, Wageningen University, 6700 EW Wageningen, The Netherlands

Kennedy Dzama

68 shared publications

Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa

Katrien Descheemaeker

34 shared publications

Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations MAKING THE MOST OF IMPERFECT DATA: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF STANDARD INFORMATION COLLECTED IN FARM HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS Simon Fraval, James Hammond, Jannike Wichern, Simon J. Oosti... Published: 18 December 2018
Experimental Agriculture, doi: 10.1017/s0014479718000388
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Article 1 Read 0 Citations Intensification and Upgrading Dynamics in Emerging Dairy Clusters in the East African Highlands Jan Van Der Lee, Laurens Klerkx, Bockline Omedo Bebe, Ashena... Published: 21 November 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10114324
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Based on farmer and value chain actor interviews, this comparative study of five emerging dairy clusters elaborates on the upgrading of farming systems, value chains, and context shapes transformations from semi-subsistent to market-oriented dairy farming. The main results show unequal cluster upgrading along two intensification dimensions: dairy feeding system and cash cropping. Intensive dairy is competing with other high-value cash crop options that resource-endowed farmers specialize in, given conducive support service arrangements and context conditions. A large number of drivers and co-dependencies between technical, value chain, and institutional upgrading build up to system jumps. Transformation may take decades when market and context conditions remain sub-optimal. Clusters can be expected to move further along initial intensification pathways, unless actors consciously redirect course. The main theoretical implications for debate about cluster upgrading are that co-dependencies between farming system, market, and context factors determine upgrading outcomes; the implications for the debate about intensification pathways are that they need to consider differences in farmer resource endowments, path dependency, concurrency, and upgrading investments. Sustainability issues for consideration include enabling a larger proportion of resource-poor farmers to participate in markets; enabling private input and service provision models; attention for food safety; and climate smartness.
Article 7 Reads 1 Citation Genetic Traits of Relevance to Sustainability of Smallholder Sheep Farming Systems in South Africa Annelin Molotsi, Bekezela Dube, Simon Oosting, Tawanda Maran... Published: 28 July 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9081225
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Sustainable livestock production is important to ensure continuous availability of resources for future generations. Most smallholder livestock farming systems in developing countries have been perceived to be environmentally, socially and economically unsustainable. Farming with livestock that is robust and adaptable to harsh environments is important in developing countries especially in semi-arid and arid environments. This review discusses the different sheep farming systems employed by smallholder farmers and associated sustainability problems facing them. The review also gives an overview of sustainability indicators and limitations to the sustainability for the different smallholder sheep production systems in South Africa. It is argued that genetic diversity is important for sustainability and needs to be maintained in sheep for sustainable production and reproduction performance. The application of traditional breeding and genomics to ensure sustainable production is explored. Animal breeding approaches, specifically genomics can be applied to improve areas of environmental sustainability of smallholder sheep farming systems but must be targeted to the specific production environments, challenges, and opportunities of smallholder production. The genetic traits important for sustainability, the role of genomics in improving these traits and linking these genetic traits to different farming systems in South Africa are discussed.
Article 5 Reads 4 Citations Climate change adaptation and mitigation in smallholder crop–livestock systems in sub-Saharan Africa: a call for integra... Katrien Descheemaeker, Simon J. Oosting, Sabine Homann-Kee T... Published: 02 April 2016
Regional Environmental Change, doi: 10.1007/s10113-016-0957-8
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REPORT 5 Reads 0 Citations Sustainable intensification pathways fordairy farming in Kenya : a case study for PROIntensAfricaWP2, Deliverable 2.3 Jan Van Der Lee, Lr - Animal Breeding & Genomics, Bockline O... Published: 01 January 2016
Sustainable intensification pathways fordairy farming in Kenya : a case study for PROIntensAfricaWP2, Deliverable 2.3, doi: 10.18174/401333
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Article 0 Reads 6 Citations Institutional dimensions of veterinary services reforms: responses to structural adjustment in Northern Ghana Kwadwo Amankwah, Laurens Klerkx, Owuraku Sakyi-Dawson, Naami... Published: 29 April 2014
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, doi: 10.1080/14735903.2014.909635
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