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Natural resources management in African agriculture: understanding and improving current practices.

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This book synthesizes existing information on the adoption of natural resource management investments and strategies (such as soil fertility improvements or erosion control) for agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. It also critically examines current analytical methods and generates research and policy recommendations. Topics covered include: farmers' objectives and learning processes; willingness a...

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Soil and water conservation in semi-arid Tanzania: government policy and farmers' practices.

The objective of this paper is to assess national natural resource management policies, with particular reference to soil and water management in relation to farmers' actual practices in semiarid areas. The paper reviews policies on land, agriculture, forestry and water and then describe farmers' practices in three case study areas in Tanzania: Dodoma District; Shinyanga District; and the western Pare lowlands of Mwanga and Same Districts. These case studies lead to a synthesis of the factors influencing the adoption of rainwater harvesting technologies. Throughout the chapter, the gap between government policy and farmers' practices and priorities is demonstrated.

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Chapter: 12 (Page no: 155) Agroforestry for soil-fertility replenishment: evidence on adoption processes in Kenya and Zambia. Author(s): Place, F. Franzel, S. DeWolf, J. Rommelse, R. Kwesiga, F. Niang, A. Jama, B.
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Chapter: 15 (Page no: 193) Synergies between natural resource management practices and fertilizer technologies: lessons from Mali. Author(s): Kelly, V. Sylla, M. L. Galiba, M. Weight, D.
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Chapter: 22 (Page no: 287) Towards improved natural resource management in African agriculture. Author(s): Barrett, C. B. Lynam, J. Place, F. Reardon, T. Aboud, A. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Soil-Water Management Research Group, Sokoine University of Agriculture, PO Box 3003, Morogoro, Tanzania.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851995847
  • Record Number
  • 20023087435