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Social Networks and the Dynamics of Soil and Water Conservation in the Sahel

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dc.contributor.author Mazzucato, Valentina
dc.contributor.author Niemeijer, David
dc.contributor.author Stroosnijder, Leo
dc.contributor.author Röling, Niels
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T15:13:01Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-24T15:13:01Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6168
dc.description.abstract "Soil and water conservation projects in Africa have, at best, a patchy record. New policies and practice are needed. This paper presents the results of an integrated approach to the study of soil and water conservation and discusses the validity of some of the major assumptions that continue to shape soil and water conservation policies and interventions. The paper analyses quantitative and qualitative data collected at both the national and village level in Burkina Faso between 1994 to 1998. Contrary to the dominant degradation narrative that depicts African farmers as miners of their soil nutrients, this study found no evidence that soil fertility is declining, despite increasing population pressure and declining rainfall. Farmers were found to be well aware of land degradation processes and how to halt these, making use of a wide range of soil and water conservation technologies applied in a flexible and adaptive way." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Gatekeeper Series, no. 101 en_US
dc.subject soil en_US
dc.subject water supply en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject land degradation en_US
dc.title Social Networks and the Dynamics of Soil and Water Conservation in the Sahel en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Burkina Faso en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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