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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.

Farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) involves farmers selecting and pruning growth from (a) stumps of previously felled but living trees, and/or (b) seedlings that emerge naturally. It is a particular sub-set of agroforestry and constitutes one way of stimulating the recreation of parkland agroforestry systems where they have been degraded. The usual response to increase trees on-farm is to create nurseries and raise the tress for transplanting. But these have a much poorer survival rate. On the other hand, FMNR can be a quick, simple and secure method.

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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