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dc.contributor.authorWarren, A.
dc.contributor.authorOsbahr, H.
dc.contributor.authorBatterbury, S.
dc.contributor.authorChappell, A.
dc.coverage.spatialFandou Beri
dc.coverage.spatialSouthwestern Niger
dc.coverage.temporal1996 - 2002
dc.identifier.citationGeoderma 111(3-4): 439-456
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dc.description.abstractThe authors present an excellent discussion comparing the views of researchers and local farmers regarding soil erosion in southwestern Niger. Using the Cs-137 technique, the authors measured local erosion to be occurring at over 30 t/ha/year, a rate the scientific community considers to be alarming. While farmers acknowledge such negative effects as "sand-blasting" of young crops, overall, they do not see soil erosion as a major problem. Instead of only looking at erosion rates, they consider a more holistic picture in which erosion helps to create different types of soil. These differences are factored into their overall farming strategy. In addition, the soils tend to be deep and capable of withstanding erosion for many years; also, more people are deriving income from non-farm activities such that the economic benefits of conserving soil are more difficult to see. Low-input methods for controlling wind erosion (typically implemented for other purposes, such as improvement of soil quality) are also discussed in contrast with agency recommended methods that are often costly or labor-intensive.
dc.rightsCopyright 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B. V.
dc.subjectSoil degradation
dc.subjectSoil erosion
dc.subjectCommunity-based organizations
dc.subjectSoil fertility
dc.subjectArid zones
dc.subjectFarmer to farmer
dc.subjectSustainable agriculture
dc.subjectLocal knowledge
dc.subjectExtension service
dc.subjectCs-137 technique
dc.subjectWind erosion
dc.subjectPeace Corps
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scale
dc.titleIndigenous views of soil erosion at Fandou Beri, southwestern Niger

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