Biodiversity and Impacts of Climate Change in Home Gardens: Evidence From a Study in West Bengal, India
A new book chapter on 'Biodiversity and Impacts of Climate Change in Home Gardens: Evidence From a Study in West Bengal, India' co-authored by Bangabandhu Chair Professor Joyashree Roy is published in the book 'Research Anthology on Environmental and Societal Impacts of Climate Change' by IGI Global.
Home Garden is a complex sustainable land use system that combines multiple farming components of the homestead and provides environmental services, household needs, and employment and income generation opportunities to the households. Predicted climate changes have serious implications for crop and livestock yields particularly in tropical regions. Home garden may act as a cushion to the adverse climate shocks. There is dearth of in-depth study of home garden ecosystem in India. Authors selected 100 households in Garhbeta-1 block, which is in the dry zone in the district of Paschim Medinipur in West Bengal for this study. The main objectives of this chapter include: (a) identifying key characteristics of the home garden, (b) identifying the pattern of climate change from the household perceptions and the changes made in the home gardens. (c) identifying different diseases of plants and animals in home gardens in the study area (d) managing diseases of plants in home gardens, (e) identifying different problems/ constraints in home.
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