Sustaining the Soil: Indigenous Soil and Water Conservation by Chris Reij,Ian Scoones,Calmilla Toulmin

By Chris Reij,Ian Scoones,Calmilla Toulmin

Indigenous soil and water conservation practices are hardly ever stated within the layout of traditional improvement tasks. in its place, the heritage of soil and water conservation in Africa has been one among implementing exterior ideas with no regard for neighborhood perform. there's a remarkably varied variety of in the neighborhood constructed and tailored applied sciences for the conservation of water and soil, well matched to their specific web site and socio-economic stipulations. yet such measures were neglected, and occasionally even overturned, through exterior options.

Sustaining the Soil records farmers' practices, exploring the origins and variations performed via farmers over generations, in keeping with altering situations. via a comparative research of conservation measures - from the humid zones of West Africa to the arid lands of the Sudan, from rock terraces in Morocco to the grass strips of Swaziland - the ebook explores a number of the elements that effect adoption and edition; farmers' perceptions of conservation wishes; and the institutional and coverage settings such a lot favorable to more desirable land husbandry.

For the 1st time on an Africa-wide scale, this booklet indicates that indigenous options paintings, and are getting used effectively to preserve and harvest soil and water. those insights mix to signify new methods ahead for governments and companies trying to aid sustainable land administration in Africa, regarding a fusion of conventional and glossy techniques, which makes the main of either the recent and the old.

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