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CTA. 1995. Safeguarding soils. Spore 56. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The biological management of tropical soil fertility edited by P L Woomer and M J Swift 1994 243pp ISBN 0 471 95095 5 John Wiley & Sons, Baffins Lane, Chichester West Sussex, PO19 1UD, UK
World-wide there is a growing awareness of the conflict between the demands placed on fragile tropical soils to feed rising populations and the concerns for environmental protection. However, past failure to truly understand the complexities of tropical soil fertility has resulted in the lack of well-integrated management strategies, and this has led to the recognition that agricultural systems must become more sustainable if the food requirements of future generations are to be met. Sustainability has become the watchword of the decade. Thus sustainability of agriculture and natural resources has taken centre stage among researchers, the public and policy-makers as a key issue in global change, biodiversity preservation and the welfare of rural people. The biological management of tropical soil fertility reports on the first five years of research by scientists of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme (TSBF). The nine-chapter book is written by different authors but has been prepared as a continuous discursive text. Each theme is discussed, together with accompanying chapters which set the context of the drive for sustainable agriculture lay the foundations for an agroecological approach to soil, and discuss the socio-economic implications of TSBF research. The biological management of tropical soil fertility edited by P L Woomer and M J Swift 1994 243pp ISBN 0 471 95095 5 John Wiley & Sons, Baffins Lane, Chichester West Sussex, PO19 1UD, UK