This book is a review of the potential of agroforestry for soil conservation, treated in its wider sense to include both control of erosion and maintenance of fertility.

The objectives are: 

  1. To summarize the present state of knowledge on agroforestry in soil conservation, including both known capacity and apparent potential. 
  2. To indicate needs for research if this potential is to be fulfilled. 

The review is primarily directed at scientists engaged in, or about to embark upon, agroforestry research, particularly those in less-developed countries for whom library facilities and other opportunities for access to recent work are limited. Since interdisciplinary cooperation is essential in agroforestry design, both soil specialists and scientists from other disciplines will be involved.

The intention is to provide a summary which will serve as a starting point for further work, including both fundamental research into relations between soils, plants and environment, and applied research directed at the development of practical agroforestry systems for specific regions.

A second intended audience consists of those concerned with planning agroforestry development in national and international development organizations and aid agencies. For these, the review may help to indicate the degree to which agroforestry has the potential to assist in the solution of problems of soil degradation, the range of agroforestry practices available for this purpose, and how and why they are effective.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1989
  • Publisher: CAB International
  • ISBN-10: 085198648X
  • ISBN-13: 9780851986487
  • Dewey Decimal: 631.491
  • ECHO Library: 631.491 YOU

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