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Better land husbandry: Re-thinking approaches to land improvement and the conservation of water and soil

Briefing/policy papers

Soil erosion has conventionally been perceived as the chief cause of land degradation, yet the limited effectiveness and poor uptake of widely promoted physical and biological anti-erosion methods challenges this logic. An alternative perception focusing on prior land damage - notably to soil cover, architecture and fertility - permits an holistic, farmer-centred approach which has generated positive response to date.

Francis Shaxson, Mary Tiffen, Adrian Wood and Cate Turton