Sustainable land management
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CTA. 1999. Sustainable land management . Spore 79. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/48332
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Land management in sub-Saharan Africa was the topic of a meeting held from 9 to 14 November 1998 in Bamako, Mali
Land management in sub-Saharan Africa was the topic of a meeting held from 9 to 14 November 1998 in Bamako, Mali, and financed and organised by the CTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development and Water of Mali. The 72 participants represented various operators in the public and private sector from Eastern, West and Southern Africa, as well as international and regional organisations. The seminar sought to identify the main constraints to sustainable land management in the context of economic development and land tenure systems, and to propose strategies for disseminating successful experiences. The discussions were followed by a day of field visits to several villages around Bamako, thus enabling real exchanges with farmers in the Sahel. The participants emphasised that access to land should be ensured through a land tenure policy based on sound practices of soil conservation. It was stressed that farmers could only invest in such practices if they could share in economic development, and that this required improved distribution networks and access to markets. With regard to the replication of successful experiences to other provinces, countries or regions, participants pointed to the importance of decentralised responsibilities, clear definition and sharing of tasks for all stakeholders, awareness-building and education activities, as well as incentive measures.