This book is a timely contribution towards the debate on the most effective way to bring about sustainable farming in marginal areas. It offers a detailed analysis of the social, economic, and agro-ecological characteristic of both Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) and Better Land Husbandry (BLH) and an analysis of case studies of BLH from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.
Introduction: Land and Soil Degradation; Soil Conservation Technologies; The Better Land Husbandry Approach; Winning the Debate? From Soil Conservation to Better Land Husbandry: Social and Economic Components: The Conventional Soil Conservation Approach; Farmers Realities: Local, Complex, Diverseand Dynamic; Farmer First; Unlocking the Complexity of Farmers Realities; Unraveling theComplexity of Farmers Realities; The Obstacles to Better Land Management; Farmers Relationship with Extension Agents and Scientists; Tapping into Farmers Resourcefulness From Soil and Conservation to Better Land Husbandry: Agro-ecological Components: Questioning the Conventional Soil Conservation Approach; Soil Erosion Process; Crying Wolf: How Reliable are the Data on Soil Loss and the Effectiveness of Soil Conservation Technologies; Establishing a Trial Site in Honduras; Rainfall Characteristics at Santa Rosa; Soil Erosion, Water Loss and Maize Productivity Under Conventional Agriculture; The Effectiveness of Soil Conservation Technologies: Soil Erosion, Water Loss and Maize Productivity; Site Variation at Santa Rosa: Masking the Effectiveness of Soil Conservation Technologies; Results from Santa Rosa for Researchers and Farmers Better Land Husbandry: Towards the New Paradigm in Conserving Soil, Water and Productivity: Synopsis; New Perspectives on Soil Erosion and Land Degradation; Soil Quality; Maintaining and Improving Soil Quality: From Theory to Practice; Lessons for Researchers and Development Practitioners; Better Land Husbandry: Why has it taken so Long? Better Land Husbandry in Practice: A Thematic Approach; Impact of Soil Cover: Zero Tillage in South America; Impact of Soil Cover:The Quezungual System in Western Honduras; Active Farmer Participation: World Neighbours inG inope, Honduras; Soil Moisture and Agricultural Yields; Hurricane Mitch: From Soil Erosion to Landslides Better Land Husbandry in Perspective: The Policy Dimension: A New Paradigm in Land Management; The Future of Smallholder Farming; A New Professionalism; From Production to Markets; Policy Issues; Better Land Husbandry and Future Research Appendix I - Impact Monitoring and Assessment