Soil management practices for sustainable food production
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CTA. 1997. Soil management practices for sustainable food production. Spore 70. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme (TSBF) was initiated in 1984 under the patronage of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme of UNESCO and the Decade of the Tropics initiative of TUBS. The programme goal is to develop appropriate and...
The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme (TSBF) was initiated in 1984 under the patronage of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme of UNESCO and the Decade of the Tropics initiative of TUBS. The programme goal is to develop appropriate and innovative approaches to soil management as a component of sustainable development. The TSBF approach incorporates both biological and socio-economic concerns. Taking into account the importance of soil fertility and productivity, which was identified as a priority area by the participants at the consultative seminar on priority information themes for ACP agricultural development (Wageningen, The Netherlands, September 1996), CTA decided to participate in the organization and funding of the 6th TSBF AfNet workshop. The workshop rock place from 13-17 January 1997 at Nylsvley Research Station, South Africa, with the goal of preparing the first draft of a book on Soil fertility management in Africa. A total of 36 AfNet members participated in the workshop. AfNet consists of soil and biological scientists working in Eastern and Southern Africa. These scientists have been collaborating via the network for more than six years. The book will summarize the results of this collaboration and present the views of African scientists on the way forward and how to deal with the critical issue of improving the fertility and productivity of the continent's soils. The book represents the first step in disseminating AfNet results, concepts and recommendations to its clients. The writing of the book as a collaborative effort by scientists from eight African countries will produce an integrated account of the results and a sharing and distillation of ideas.