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Cover for Supporting vulnerable communities in the Eastern Cape: assessing the rainfall evidence.

Decline in mean annual rainfall of over 10% has been experienced widely in the Eastern Cape over the past 20 years. In many cases, this means that annual rainfall of about 500 mm in the past is now about 400 mm, and the summer seasonal rainfall has declined from 400 mm to 300 mm. This means that...

Author(s)
Auerbach, R.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Soil, nutrients, and organic matter.

This chapter discusses the following topics: (i) origin and importance of soils; (ii) soil physical properties; (iii) soil and plant nutrition; (iv) nutrient cycles and anthropogenic climate change; (v) managing soil organic matter; (vi) composting; and (vii) soil resources.

Author(s)
Cleveland, D. A.; Soleri, D.; Smith, S. E.
ISBN
2019 CAB International (H ISBN 9781789240986)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Scaling-up of science-led development - Sir Dorabji Tata Trust initiative.

Soil health mapping in Sir Dorabji Tata Trust-supported initiative across 16 districts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, India showed widespread deficiencies of sulfur, boron, zinc and phosphorus. Soil test-based balanced nutrient management recorded yield benefit of 10-40%, while the integrated...

Author(s)
Girish Chander; Pathak, P.; Wani, S. P.; Pardhasaradhi, G.; Dasgupta, S. K.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786394514)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The effect of traditional land management methods on sustainable crop yield in Betem, Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

This chapter assesses a variety of land treatment methods (tillage, fertilizer application, residue incorporation, and bush burning) with a view to ascertaining their effects on soil nutrient status on the one hand and the possible nexus between physico-chemical parameters and the various treatment ...

Author(s)
Eze, E. B.; Egbai, O.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781780646169)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Managing and improving soil health.

This chapter discusses soil health degradation, assessment and management in India. The chapter also explores soils and greenhouse gases as well as nutrient management, soil health and crop production.

Author(s)
Paroda, R. S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395177)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Weatherproofing agriculture with conservation agriculture.

This chapter elaborates on why no-till conservation agriculture (CA) - comprising no or minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover, and cropping system diversity, plus other good agricultural practices - is better able to weatherproof agriculture compared with tillage agriculture. This is...

Author(s)
Kassam, A. H.; Mkomwa, S.; Friedrich, T.
ISBN
2017 CABI (H ISBN 9781780645681)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Indigenous soil enrichment for food security and climate change in Africa and Asia: a review.

This chapter considers indigenous soil knowledge, notably in respect to processes of soil enrichment which are argued to be more widespread in Africa and Asia than thought. The chapter draws attention two areas of practice: (i) cultivating ruined settlement sites (rendered rich in organic material...

Author(s)
Fairhead, J.; Fraser, J.; Amanor, K.; Solomon, D.; Lehmann, J.; Leach, M.
ISBN
2017 CABI (H ISBN 9781780647050)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Orchard management.

An almond orchard is a dynamic structure made up of the trees over a fixed infrastructure defined by the planting distance. The dynamic structure of the trees will be defined by the training and pruning systems adopted and will be additionally affected by the orchard management. Therefore, this...

Author(s)
Arquero, O.; Jarvis-Shean, K.
ISBN
2017 CABI (H ISBN 9781780643540)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Legume crops and biodiversity.

Modern intensive cropping systems rely on simple cropping sequences, mineral fertilizers and chemical crop protection. This has led to a reduction of crop diversity, simplified landscapes and declines in biodiversity. However, even today in intensive farming systems, legume-supported cropping has...

Author(s)
Everwand, G.; Cass, S.; Dauber, J.; Williams, M.; Stout, J.
ISBN
2017 CABI (H ISBN 9781780644981)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Land-use change impacts on soil processes: tropical and savannah ecosystems.

This book contains a collection of 14 case studies from around the globe that illustrate the impact of a range of land-use changes on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soils and provide a snapshot of the challenges faced in ensuring sustainable soil management in tropical and ...

Author(s)
Brearley, F. Q.; Thomas, A. D.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642109)
Type
Book

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