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Title:Dynamics and diversity: soil fertility and farming livelihoods in Africa: case studies from Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe
Editor:Scoones, IanISNI
City of publisher:London
ISBN:1853838195; 1853838209
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Subjects:soil fertility
land use
agricultural land
Abstract:The management of Africa's soils is one of the major challenges facing agriculture and livelihoods in the 21st century. Based on case studies from Ethiopia (Wolayta area), Mali (Tissana and M'péresso villages in the irrigated rice and cotton cash crop area; Dilaba and Siguiné in the rainfed cereal cropping area), and Zimbabwe (Mangwende and Chivi communal areas), this book explores the complex dynamics of soil fertility change from an interdisciplinary perspective, looking at the way farmers actually manage their soils and the social and environmental processes that determine their transformation. The book has been compiled on the basis of a wide range of reports and project outputs. Overall, the results suggest a more positive view of the prospects for sustainable agriculture in small-scale farming systems in Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]