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dc.contributorDansi, Alexandreen_US
dc.contributorAvohou, Hermaneen_US
dc.contributorKpeki, Bienvenuen_US
dc.contributorAzihou, Akomian Fortunéen_US
dc.creatorVodouhe, Raymonden_US
dc.identifier.citationRaymond Vodouhe, Alexandre Dansi, Hermane Avohou, Bienvenu Kpeki, Akomian Fortuné Azihou. (1/2/2011). Plant domestication and its contributions to in situ conservation of genetic resources in Benin. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 3 (2), pp. 40-56.en_US
dc.description.abstractAll over the world, plant domestication is continually being carried out by local communities to support their needs for food, fibre, medicine, building materials, etc. Using participatory rapid appraisal approach, 150 households were surveyed in 5 villages (Aglamidjodji, Banon, Batia, Gbédé and Korontière) selected in five ethnic groups of the two contrasting agroecological zones (arid and humid) of southern and northern Benin, to investigate the local communities’ motivations for plant domestication and the contributions of this process to in situ conservation of genetic resources. The results indicated differences in plant domestication between agroecological zones and among ethnic groups. People in the humid zones give priority to herbs while those in dry area prefer trees. The Gourmantché people in Batia domesticate plants mostly for their fruits, while the ethnic groups Mahi (Aglamidjodji), the Nago-Fè (Banon), the Nago-Tchabè (Gbédé) and the Ditamari / Lamba (Konrontière) domesticate plants mainly for their leaves. Local communities were motivated to undertake plant domestication for foods (80% of respondents), medicinal use (40% of respondents), income generation (20% of respondents) and cultural reasons (5% of respondents). 45% of the species recorded are still at early stage in domestication and only 2% are fully domesticated. Eleven factors related to the households surveyed (size, number of crops practiced, total area available, total area cultivated, total area occupied by the major crops, number of food shortages experienced during the last ten years) and to the head of the household interviewed (age, education level, number of wives, age of the first wife, number of the social groups to which he belongs) affect farmers’ decision making in domesticating plant species. There is gender influence on the domestication: Women are keen in domesticating herbs while men give priority to trees.en_US
dc.publisherAcademic Journalsen_US
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation;3,(2011) Pagination 40,56en_US
dc.subjectplant speciesen_US
dc.subjectgender influenceen_US
dc.subjectin situ conservationen_US
dc.titlePlant domestication and its contributions to in situ conservation of genetic resources in Beninen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovocgenetic resourcesen_US
cg.subject.agrovocgermplasm conservationen_US
cg.contributor.centerBioversity International - Bioversityen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Abomey-Calavi, Ecole Polytechnique d’Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Dassa, Laboratory of Biotechnology, Genetic Resources and Plant and Animal Breeding - UAC/BIORAVEen_US
cg.contributor.centerAfrica Rice Center - AfricaRiceen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Laboratory of Applied Ecology - UAC- LEAen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - CCAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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