Land and Water Management in Southern Africa

Land and Water Management in Southern Africa

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States are making renewed efforts to revive agriculture in the region. Given that much of it is water-stressed, appropriate and sustainable land and water management practices are vital to achieving this objective. Recognising this, SADC's Land and Water Management Applied Research and Training Programme has convened two scientific symposiums. Held in Lilongwe, Malawi, in February 2006, the inaugural symposium brought together RaD practitioners from 10 participating SADC countries to deliberate on land and water management for sustainable agriculture, and discuss how the most recent research and development advances in land and water management might be made more relevant to policy-makers as well as the region's small-scale farmers. The edited contributions to the first symposium appear in this volume. The second symposium was held in Gaborone, Botswana, in February 2007, and brought together regional experts to discuss opportunities for improving water use and water use efficiency in agriculture in semi-arid and arid areas. The edited contributions to the second symposium appear in a companion volume entitled Land and Water Management in Southern Africa: Towards Better Water Use in Agriculture in Semi-Arid and Arid Areas (AISA 2008). It is hoped that these two volumes will help to disseminate regional expertise on land and water management to a wider audience, thus helping policy-makers and others to strengthen the agricultural sector in the region, and, in so doing, improve its food security and the wellbeing of its people.Towards Sustainable Agriculture. proceedings of the inaugural scientific symposium of the SADC Land and Water Management Applied Research and Training Programme, held in Lilongwe, ... G., R. Gilbert, L. Mungwira, L. Muza, B. Patel and S. Waddington 1996 Practical approaches to soil organic matter management for smallholder maize production in Southern Africa. ... P. Woomer 1993 Organic matter and the sustainability of agricultural systems: Definition and measurement.

Title:Land and Water Management in Southern Africa
Author: Calvin Nhira, Alfred Mapiki
Publisher:African Books Collective - 2008

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