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Title:The importance of dambos in African agriculture
Author:Turner, Beryl
Periodical:Land Use Policy (ISSN 0264-8377)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
land use
agricultural land
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0264-8377(86)90030-X
Abstract:Dambos are seasonally waterlogged, shallow, grassy depressions found in the headwater zones of drainage systems or alongside streams. The term 'dambo' is of Bantu origin and used in central and eastern Africa but is often used, as in this article, to include similar features elsewhere in Africa, such as the 'vleis' of Zimbabwe and South Africa, the 'fadamas' of Nigeria and the 'bolis' of Sierra Leone. The importance of dambos lies in the fact that they are widespread, providing grazing for cattle and wildlife during the dry season as well as being moist enough to grow dry season crops without irrigation. In addition, it may be possible to use them in small-scale irrigation schemes. The author discusses dambo land use, arguing that their value is severely underrated. Ref., sum.