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Title: Connecting the Water and Carbon Cycles for the Generation of Food Security and Ecosystem Services
Authors: Burke, Shivaan M.Poncé-Hernandez, Raul
???metadata.dc.subject.ddc???: 630 - Landwirtschaft, Veterinärmedizin (Agriculture)
Issue Date: 10-Jun-2014
Publisher: Department of Organic Food Quality and Food Culture at the University of Kassel, Germany and Federation of German Scientists (VDW)
Citation: In: Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society. Witzenhausen : University of Kassel, Department of Organic Food Quality and Food Culture. - Vol. 2, No. 1 (2014), S. 7-23
Abstract: Water scarcity and food insecurity are pervasive issues in the developing world and are also intrinsically linked to one another. Through the connection of the water cycle and the carbon cycle this study illustrates that synergistic benefits can be realized by small scale farmers through the implementation of waste water irrigated agroforestry. The WaNuLCAS model is employed using La Huerta agroforestry site in Texcoco, South Central Mexico, as the basis for parameterization. The results of model simulations depicting scenarios of water scarcity and waste water irrigation clearly show that the addition of waste water greatly increases the agroforestry system’s generation of crop yields, above- and below-ground biomass, soil organic matter and carbon storage potential. This increase in carbon sequestration by the system translates into better local food security, diversified household income through payments for ecosystem services and contributes to the mitigation of global climate change.
URI: urn:nbn:de:hebis:34-2014062645548
ISSN: 2197-411X
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