This book offers a positive response to the challenge to both conserve and improve the soil and water situation particularly on sloping lands. It explains how even apparently useless land can be brought into production using locally available resources.
1. Soil and water conservation, and soil improvement one of the greatest challenges of our time! 2. Some of the wrong ideas and practices concerning soil conservation 3. Soil 4. A closer look at better plant nutrition 5. Improving the soil management 6. Erosion 7. Soil conservation theory 8. Soil and fertility conservation 9. Water conservation 10. Forestry and Agroforestry 11. Bamboo: An underyalued crop plant 12. Livestock 13. Some grasses and legumes for use in soil conservation 14. Practical surveying of land for soil conservation 15. Appropriate field trials 16. Weed control 17. What are the needs for research and development for genuine sustainable soil conservation and improvement; particularly that appropriate for normal third world situations? 18. Extension policy and methods 19. Other considerations 20. To Close