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Banana production systems: Identification of Alternative Systems for more sustainable production

Sanderson Bellamy, Angelina 2013. Banana production systems: Identification of Alternative Systems for more sustainable production. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 42 (3) , pp. 334-343. 10.1007/s13280-012-0341-y

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Abstract

Large-scale, monoculture production systems dependent on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, increase yields, but are costly and have deleterious impacts on human health and the environment. This research investigates variations in banana production practices in Costa Rica, to identify alternative systems that combine high productivity and profitability, with reduced reliance on agrochemicals. Farm workers were observed during daily production activities; 39 banana producers and 8 extension workers/researchers were interviewed; and a review of field experiments conducted by the National Banana Corporation between 1997 and 2002 was made. Correspondence analysis showed that there is no structured variation in large-scale banana producers’ practices, but two other banana production systems were identified: a small-scale organic system and a small-scale conventional coffee–banana intercropped system. Field-scale research may reveal ways that these practices can be scaled up to achieve a productive and profitable system producing high-quality export bananas with fewer or no pesticides.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0044-7447
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 7 August 2012
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 13:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114973

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