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Tropical Land Clearing for Sustainable Agriculture: The SMN Concept

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Latham, Marc
Book Title: Tropical and Land Clearing for Sustainable Agriculture: Proceedings of an IBSRAM Inaugural Workshop
Publisher: IBSRAM
Location: Bangkok
Page(s): 5-11
Date: 1987
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6114
Sector: Forestry
Region: Africa
Subject(s): agriculture
deforestation
forests--tropics
Abstract: "The goal was to establish a Soil Management Network on Tropical Land Clearing for Sustainable Agriculture. During this workshop three aspects were considered: 1. Definition of the problem and its limits. Choice of land to be cleared, clearing methodology, post-clearing management, and rehabilitation of degraded lands were the major points discussed. A multidisciplinary approach was used, with representatives from soil science, agronomy, civil engineering, sacioeconomics, and other areas. A realistic research agenda considered both experimental and time imperatives. 2. Form of the network. I t was decided that the networKs struc- ture and organization must be sufjíciently coherent to retain the advantages of a network and suficiently flexible to take into account local priorities."

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