Explaining soil degradation
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CTA. 1992. Explaining soil degradation. Spore 42. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Soil and water conservation in sub-Saharan Africa: towards sustainable production by the rural poor by W R S Critchley C P Reij and S D Turner 1992 110pp Pbk IFAD Africa Division 107 via del Serifico 00142 Rome, ITALY
Soil and water conservation has the potential to contribute substantially to reversing the degradation of the productive capacity of the land. Degradation results in lower and less reliable crop yields, a reduced biomass for grazing and browsing, and poorer fuelwood supplies. It is only recently that more encouraging and positive trends in soil and water conservation programmes have emerged. It IS acknowledged that technical remedies can only succeed if they are attuned to socioeconomic constraints, and the participation of the resource users themselves is vital to the success of conservation programmes. Making use of traditional skills, working through existing local institutions and involving the intended beneficiaries in the processes of programme identification, design and implementation, must be the criteria. These views and aims are the subject of a report prepared for the International Fund for Agricultural Development by the Centre for Development Cooperation. Soil and water conservation in sub-Saharan Africa outlines the problems of, and responses to,land degradation and poverty, and soil and water conservation. Soil and water conservation in sub-Saharan Africa: towards sustainable production by the rural poor by W R S Critchley C P Reij and S D Turner 1992 110pp Pbk IFAD Africa Division 107 via del Serifico 00142 Rome, ITALY