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Maintaining soil health in Africa

Code: 9781786764188
A. O. Ogunkunle, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and V. O. Chude, National Program for Food Security, Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has a wide variety of natural ecosystem resources, including soils, vegetation, water and genetic diversity. However, land degradation in SSA is intensifying at an alarming rate, and this region has the lowest agriculture and livestock yields of any region in the world. This is accompanied by the world’s highest rates of deforestation and malnutrition. This chapter focuses on land degradation and will examine the different types of land degradation as well as their ecological, economic and social consequences. It also addresses the relationships between soil quality, soil health (SH) and food security, and then reviews strategies for maintaining SH.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0033.33
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Consequences of land degradation 3 Soil quality, food security and soil health 4 Strategies for sustainability 5 Sustainable soil management systems 6 Maintaining soil health in practice 7 Impacts of soil health principles and practices in sub-Saharan Africa 8 Conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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