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Full title: Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa_ No 8. Parkland 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.

The eighth video explains parkland agroforestry. It is a multipurpose system where dispersed indigenous trees are mixed in fields with crops. Livestock are an integral part too. There are no precise technical specifications for parklands: the wide range of local traditions defies such description.  Good rainfall conditions favour emerge of tree seedlings, and are crucial for their survival and establishment.

Trees within the parkland system produce timber and firewood, but also fruits, pods, leaves and medicines - for people and livestock.

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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