Intensification and anti-erosion measures in Southern Mali
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CTA. 1991. Intensification and anti-erosion measures in Southern Mali. Spore 34. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Only by intensifying agricultural production systems will there be any chance of curbing erosion and its effects in the Sahel. Intensification involves limiting the area of cultivation, and maintaining, if not restoring, soil fertility by the use of...
Only by intensifying agricultural production systems will there be any chance of curbing erosion and its effects in the Sahel. Intensification involves limiting the area of cultivation, and maintaining, if not restoring, soil fertility by the use of fertilizers or manure. But, are the peasant farmers of this area ready to proceed in this direction? A study by the Rural Production Systems Research Division of Mali's Institute for Rural Economy records the behaviour of nine peasant farmers typical of the Kouiala and Sikasso circles in the heart of the Southern Mali cotton growing zone between 1977 and 1987. Such a small sample might suggest that the results should be treated with caution, nevertheless/he study appears to demonstrate that such an intensification is possible for the larger cotton producers who can afford to take risks. On the other hand, this kind of intensification seems to be of little interest to small-scale farmers who seek only their own and their family's survival rather than increased yield, and will pursue this survival objective by whatever means they can. The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of Amsterdam, the publishers of this study, 'Agricultural Intensification in Southern Mali: fact or fantasy?', has devoted a further publication to the area with the title 'From anti-erosion measures in the fields to rural land management.' KIT, Publications Department, Mauritskade 63, 1092 Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS.
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