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Dynamics and Diversity : Soil Fertility and Farming Livelihoods in Africa - Ian Scoones

Dynamics and Diversity

Soil Fertility and Farming Livelihoods in Africa

By: Ian Scoones (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th January 2001
ISBN: 9781853838200
Number Of Pages: 256

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* Gets behind the picture of crisis and collapse in African agriculture * Shows how farmers successfully manage their most crucial resource * Exemplary demonstration of how a new approach is needed in development policy and practice Soils are critical to agriculture and, in turn, to food supply and to livelihoods. Sustainable management of soils is crucial for a large proportion of the population of Africa. Contrary to many claims, soil fertility is improved and managed successfully by small-scale farmers there. Careful studies from widely different areas reveal how closely bound up soil management is with a whole complex of social, cultural and ecological factors - requiring a far more subtly tuned approach in development policy and practice. The book is an exemplary study of how the context of livelihood systems has to inform development policy and practice.

Transforming soils Creating gardens - Ethiopia
Seizing new opportunities - Mali
Soils, livelihoods and agricultural change - Zimbabwe
Participatory approaches to integrated soil fertility management
Ways forward - Technical choices, intervention strategies and policy options
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ISBN: 9781853838200
ISBN-10: 1853838209
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 8th January 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1