•The impact of fallow-crop cycles on soil C stocks (SOCS) and yam yield was assessed.•Assessments took place decades after natural ecosystem conversion to farmland.•Chromoleana odorata fallows allow at least for the maintenance of SOCS and yam yields.•So, no need to cut forest to crop yam when mature C. odorata fallows are available.•These findings can be used in forest protection strategies.
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment – Elsevier
Published: Sep 1, 2017
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