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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 4

Agroforestry and the Mitigation of Land Degradation in the Humid and Sub-Humid Tropics of Africa

This chapter was previously published in Cooper, P.J.M., Leakey, R.R.B., Rao, M.R., Reynolds, L., 1996. Experimental Agriculture, 32, 235–290, with permission of Cambridge University Press

Abstract

Population pressures, exacerbated by a range of social and political factors, have resulted in widespread deforestation, land degradation and the cultivation of marginal and sloping land. The resultant declining soil fertility and soil erosion threaten the sustainability of small-scale farming, especially as external nutrient inputs are seldom available to farmers – with additional shortages of tree products. This review focuses on research to enhance ...

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