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dc.contributordeVoil, Peteren_US
dc.contributorRufino, Mariana C.en_US
dc.contributorOdendo, M.en_US
dc.contributorvan Wijk, Mark van Wijen_US
dc.creatorRodriguez, Danielen_US
dc.identifier.citationDaniel Rodriguez, Peter deVoil, Mariana C. Rufino, M. Odendo, Mark van Wij van Wijk. (17/1/2016). To mulch or to munch? Big modelling of big data. Agricultural Systems, 153, pp. 32-42.en_US
dc.description.abstractAfrican farmers are poorly resourced, highly diverse and aground by poverty traps making them rather impervious to change. As a consequence R4D efforts usually result in benefits but also trade-offs that constraint adoption and change. A typical case is the use of crop residues as mulches or as feedstock. Here we linked a database of household surveys with a dynamic whole farm simulation model, to quantify the diversity of trade-offs from the alternative use of crop residues. Simulating all the households in the survey (n=613) over 99 years of synthetic climate data, showed that benefits and trade-offs from “mulching or munching” differ across agro-ecologies, and within agro-ecologies across typologies of households. Even though trade-offs between household production or income and environmental outcomes could be managed; the magnitude of the simulated benefits fromthe sustainable intensification of maize-livestock systemswere small. Our modelling framework shows the benefits from the integration of socio-economic and biophysical approaches to support the design of development programs. Our results support the argument that a greater focus is required on the development and diversification of farmers' livelihoods within the framework of an improved understanding of the interconnectedness between biophysical, socio-economic and market factors.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier Massonen_US
dc.sourceAgricultural Systems;153,(2016) Pagination 32-42en_US
dc.subjectwhole farm modellingen_US
dc.subjectintegrative analysesen_US
dc.subjectfarm diversityen_US
dc.titleTo mulch or to munch? Big modelling of big dataen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idRufino, Mariana C.: 0000-0003-4293-3290en_US
cg.subject.agrovocfarming systemsen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerKenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization - KALROen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation - UQ - Qaafien_US
cg.contributor.centerLancaster Universityen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.journalAgricultural Systemsen_US

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