Journal article

Indigenous views of soil erosion at Fandou Beri, southwestern Niger

A Warren, H Osbahr, S Batterbury, A Chappell

GEODERMA | ELSEVIER | Published : 2003

Abstract

Soil is being eroded from the village lands of Fandou Béri, in southwestern Niger, at rates of over 30 t ha-1 year-1, as measured by the 137Cs method. These figures exceed those that were used to label the Sahel a "hot spot" for soil erosion. The response to these data in international agronomic research organisations has been to make large investments in soil erosion research, but this contrasts with the meagre relative commitment to the problem by local Djerma (Zarma) and Fulani farmers. Farmers are more concerned about the loss of fertility than the loss of soil, per se, a viewpoint that embeds decisions about land use and conservation in a much broader decision-making process. Practices ..

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