Land and Water Management in Southern Africa: Towards Sustainable Agriculture. proceedings of the inaugural scientific symposium of the SADC Land and Water Management Applied Research and Training Programme, held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 14-16 February 2006

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Calvin Nhira, Alfred Mapiki, Patrick Rankhumise
African Books Collective, 2008 - Nature - 668 pages
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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States are making renewed efforts to revive agriculture in the region. Given that much of it is water-stressed, appropriate and sustainable land and water management practices are vital to achieving this objective. Recognising this, SADC's Land and Water Management Applied Research and Training Programme has convened two scientific symposiums. Held in Lilongwe, Malawi, in February 2006, the inaugural symposium brought together R&D practitioners from 10 participating SADC countries to deliberate on land and water management for sustainable agriculture, and discuss how the most recent research and development advances in land and water management might be made more relevant to policy-makers as well as the region's small-scale farmers. The edited contributions to the first symposium appear in this volume. The second symposium was held in Gaborone, Botswana, in February 2007, and brought together regional experts to discuss opportunities for improving water use and water use efficiency in agriculture in semi-arid and arid areas. The edited contributions to the second symposium appear in a companion volume entitled Land and Water Management in Southern Africa: Towards Better Water Use in Agriculture in Semi-Arid and Arid Areas (AISA 2008). It is hoped that these two volumes will help to disseminate regional expertise on land and water management to a wider audience, thus helping policy-makers and others to strengthen the agricultural sector in the region, and, in so doing, improve its food security and the wellbeing of its people.
 

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Contents

POLICY CHANGES IN LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
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Application of an evaporation model to aid in crop productivity for 324 smallscale farmers in semiarid areas N N Nhlabatsi L D van Rensburg
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adopting policy and best
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Best practices in policy changes to facilitate technology dissemination
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Wheat T sativum productivity under varying moisture management
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INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE IN LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT
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Review and analysis of research and development of soil fertility and
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Water conservation with the use of a basin plough on a commercial
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Spreading the word on fertilizer in Zimbabwe
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Conservation farming by basins breathes new life into smallholder farmers
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Integration of enterprises to
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Basin management committees as a platform for enhanced natural
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Tenure reform and the future of communal rangelands in Botswana
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Identifying innovative mechanisms to overcome barriers to sustainable
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SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUES IN LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT
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Economic valuation of irrigation and water management practices in
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Comparative response of irrigated maize to organic and inorganic fertiliser
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Land use and land cover changes and their implications for sustainable
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Local knowledge and its role in sustainable agriculture in the southern
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Quantifying evaporation under various mulching strategies on two ecotopes
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Forum for integrated resource management in Namibia
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Optimizing nitrogen application within the infield rain water harvesting
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Rainfall variation in the Pandamatenga plains of northeastern Botswana
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The role of local knowledge in managing water scarcity for sustaining
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Managing risk mitigating drought and improving water productivity in the
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Application of the infield rainwater harvesting technique in rural
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Application of participatory soil erosion mapping and financial analysis
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Evaluation of root zone soil water balance for maize Zea mays on a Luvisol
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Contribution of cover crops to improved soil productivity
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Socioeconomic factors affecting the adoption of soil and water
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Access and use of land and water resources across social groups and gender
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Midsymposium field visits to agricultural extension planning areas
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