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Full title: Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa_ No 3. Grevillea agroforestry

 

Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is constrained by highly variable rainfall, frequent droughts and low water productivity. There is an urgent need for better management of water on farmers' fields - and for increasing its availability through water harvesting.

These mini-films show a series of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices that have been proven in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as helping to control land degradation and improve production, the practices constitute important components within the climate change adaptation strategies of small-scale farmers. An analytical conclusion is also included.

The director and script-writer, William Critchley, Senior Sustainable Land Management Specialist at the Centre for International Cooperation, VU University of Amsterdam, reviews development experience, and sets out the state of the art in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In number three, although Grevillea robusta was originally introduced to East Africa as a shade tree in tea and coffee estates, it is now more commonly associated with small-scale farming. Grevillea is a multipurpose tree: it provides timber, fuelwood, leaf mulch, shade, and it serves as a windbreak.

More info: Information Cards: Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa 
Directed and scripted by: William Critchley (VU University)
Produced by: Josephine Rogers (Countrywise Communication)
Year: 2012
Language: English

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