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Dynamics and Diversity: Soil Fertility and Farming Livelihoods in Africa

Edited By: Ian Scoones

244 pages, Tabs, maps


Paperback | Dec 2001 | #123697 | ISBN: 1853838209
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #123699 | ISBN: 1853838195
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About this book

Based on a series of detailed case studies from Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe, it 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. Through this analysis, the book suggests new ways of thinking about agricultural development policy and practice.


Introduction * Transforming soils * Creating gardens - Ethiopia * Seizing new opportunities - Mali * Soils, livelihoods and agricultural change - Zimbabwe * Participatory approaches to integrated soil fertility management * Ways forward - Technical choices, intervention strategies and policy options * Bibliography, Index

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Ian Scoones is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He is co-editor (with Chris Reij and Camilla Toulmin) of 'Sustaining the Soil'.

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