Manual on integrated soil management and conservation practices
FAO Land and Water Development Division
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The processes of land erosion in various regions of Latin America and Africa have their origin in social, economic and cultural factors that translate into the over-exploitation of the natural resources and the application of inadequate practices for the management of soils and water. The consequences of this are damage to much of the agricultural land, with detrimental effects on food production for the growing population in these continents. This Manual has been put together with the objective of assisting actions by the diverse groups of human beings who intervene in the conservation of the natural resources, particularly soil and water resources and in the context of each continent, country, region or zone. The Manual brings together a collection of concepts, experiences and practical suggestions that can be of immediate use for identifying problems and for formulating, executing and evaluating actions so as to benefit and to improve the productivity and conservation of soil and water resources.