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Cover for Modelling nutrient utilization by livestock grazing semiarid rangeland.

Planning and management of rangeland production systems are difficult as rainfall, forage production and composition and animal productivity all vary widely between years, between regions and within landscapes. Furthermore, behaviour of the system in a specific year may be influenced by conditions...

Author(s)
Richardson, F. D.; Hahn, B. D.; Schoeman, S. J.
ISBN
2000 CABI (H ISBN 0851994490)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil and water conservation strategies for Vertisols: past experiences and challenges ahead for Africa.

This chapter focuses on the major progress achieved in different countries in controlling erosion and managing water resources in Vertisols in different climatic zones (humid tropics, semi-arid tropics and arid tropics) of Africa. Progress in identifying and using biological conservation techniques ...

Author(s)
Hussein, J.; Adey, M.
ISBN
2001 CABI (H ISBN 0851994504)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Smallholder farmers' use of integrated nutrient-management strategies: patterns and possibilities in Machakos district of Eastern Kenya.

This paper examines the factors that condition farmers' choice of soil-fertility maintenance practices in a semiarid cropping system. It describes recent data on farmers' soil-fertility maintenance practices in a semiarid area (Machakos district) of Kenya. The data were collected in a random survey ...

Author(s)
Freeman, H. A.; Coe, R.
ISBN
2002 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851995845)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for 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'...

Author(s)
Hatibu, N.; Lazaro, E. A.; Mahoo, H. F.; Rwehumbiza, F. B. R.
ISBN
2002 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851995845)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Natural resource technologies for semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

This paper begins with a brief differentiation of two principal cereal-based production systems in semiarid regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Then comes the paper's main section on natural resource technologies, first considering the heavier and then the lighter soils. The paper draws lessons learned...

Author(s)
Shapiro, B. I.; Sanders, J. H.
ISBN
2002 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851995845)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Adapting science to adaptive managers: spidergrams, belief models, and multi-agent systems modeling.

Two case studies are presented in which models were used as focal tools in problems associated with common-pool resource management in developing countries. In the first case study, based in Zimbabwe, Bayesian or Belief Networks were used in a project designed to enhance the adaptive management...

Author(s)
Lynam, T.; Bousquet, F.; Page, C. le; d'Aquino, P.; Barreteau, O.; Chinembiri, F.; Mombeshora, B.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851997317)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Management of drought in ICRISAT cereal and legume mandate crops.

This chapter reviews the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)'s research achievements in the domain of crop drought tolerance and presents future perspectives in the genetic enhancement of crop water use and drought adaptation in the semiarid tropics...

Author(s)
Serraj, R.; Bidinger, F. R.; Chauhan, Y. S.; Seetharama, N.; Nigam, S. N.; Saxena, N. P.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851996698)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Water productivity in rain-fed agriculture: challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in drought-prone tropical agroecosystems.

Considering the persistently growing pressure on finite freshwater and soil resources, it becomes increasingly clear that the challenge of feeding tomorrow's world population is, to a large extent, about improved water productivity within present land use. Rainfed agriculture plays a critical role...

Author(s)
Rockström, J.; Barron, J.; Fox, P.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851996698)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Efficient management of rainwater for increased crop productivity and groundwater recharge in Asia.

Rainwater is the main source of water for agriculture but its current use efficiency for crop production ranges between only 30 and 45%. Annually, 300-800 mm of seasonal rainfall are not used productively, as the rainfall becomes surface runoff or deep drainage. The International Crops Research...

Author(s)
Wani, S. P.; Pathak, P.; Sreedevi, T. K.; Singh, H. P.; Singh, P.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851996698)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Measurable biophysical indicators for impact assessment: changes in water availability and quality.

The impact of agricultural and natural resource management (NRM) practices on water quantity and quality are examined. The various biophysical indicators proposed to assess surface and groundwater quantity and quality impacts of agricultural and NRM interventions are discussed with examples drawn...

Author(s)
Sahrawat, K. L.; Padmaja, K. V.; Pathak, P.; Wani, S. P.
ISBN
2005 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 0851998283)
Type
Book chapter

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