Land husbandry : a framework for soil and water conservation

Shaxson, T.F. and Hudson, N.W and Sanders, D.W. and et al, . (1989) Land husbandry : a framework for soil and water conservation. In: Land husbandry : a framework for soil and water conservation. Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, Iowa, pp. 1-64. ISBN 0935734201

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Soil erosion threatens millions of hectares of land in developed and developing countries alike. In some locations the problem is getting worse. Rapidly rising populations push people onto steeper, more fragile land, which is then farmed more and more intensively. Where steep slopes must be farmed for food, feed, or fiber production, soil erosion results in both on-site and off-site impacts. There are many cases where all of the productive soil has washed from fields or where expensive reservoirs have filled rapidly with sediment. These erosion problems continue in spite of expensive control programs and interventions. Aid agency officials are increasingly self-critical of past programs, and environmental interests continue to emphasize sustainable development. Professional conservationists and development advisors are suggesting new ways to approach erosion control, and new methodologies for planning development are emerging. These include the Diagnosis and Design Methodology derived for agroforestry by the International Council for Research in Agroforestry, the Farming Systems Research approach developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, and the training approach developed by the Soil and Water Conservation and Land Utilization Program of the Southern African Development Coordination Conference, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, described as Integrated Conservation Farming Systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soil Moisture, Rainfall, Strearnflow, Ditches, Erosion problem, RP6794
Author Affiliation: Soil and Water Conservation Society (U.S.); World Association of Soil and Water Conservation
Subjects: Plant Production
Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms Ishrath Durafsha
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 10:26

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