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Agroforestry impacts on yields

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CONTEXT

Location: Peru, San Martin, Alto Huayabamba project

Climate: subtropical humid

Soil: Inceptisol (USDA classification)

Crop: cocoa

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

– Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

– UNAS, Universidad Agraria de la Selva, Peru

  1. YIELDS QUALITY AND QUANTITY 

– Cocoa yields depend upon cocoa plant’s general status, soil quality, climate, agricultural practices, shade

– Harvest’s quality can be evaluated from the damaged fruits rate

  1. FIRST RESULTS

  2. YIELDSBIS_resultat

– There exists an optimum timber tree density for harvest quality and yields. In our particular context, it could be around 50 trees/ha.

– Full sun and high tree density are both damageable for harvest quality and yields.

– Low trees density increases fruits health and yields compared to full sun system.

– Full sun conditions increase by 86% the rate of damaged fruit in comparison with low tree density.

  1. SEE DETAILED STUDY

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