Research in Malawi shows that farmers are more likely to adopt conservation agriculture practices when their neighbors are using them—suggesting financial incentives can help to create a virtuous circle.
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Soil fertility management not only prevents land degradation, it boosts profits—so why are many African farmers reluctant to adopt it?
A look at IFPRI's work on land degradation around the world.
It takes millennia to develop fertile soils, but according to authors of a chapter on soils in the 2016 GFPR, we are losing 75 billion tons of soil globally each year, with impacts that not only hurt poor farmers, but extend well beyond the farm.
Land degradation occurs in all agroecologies around the world, but it can be reversed. (Originally published on the Agrilinks site).
An estimated 30 percent of all global lands are classified as degraded, serving as home to an estimated 3.2 billion people. Yet the scope of the problem extends further still, as the impacts of land degradation are felt in every region in the world.…
In spite of Ethiopia’s widespread poverty and weak capacity for resilience against climate change, one region has used indigenous adaptation strategies to combat land degradation. People in the Tigray highland region of the country have mobilized…