Across vast areas of the world, human activity has degraded once fertile and productive land. Deforestation, overgrazing, continuous farming and poor irrigation practices have affected almost 2 billion hectares worldwide, threatening the health and livelihoods of over one billion people. In this edition of New Agriculturist, a collection of articles explores some of the approaches and policies that can help to successfully rehabilitate degraded land. While each of the articles highlights different approaches, the common theme for successful restoration of farmland is the importance of involving local communities and the need to change existing agricultural practice.
The following titles are included:
Bioreclamation of degraded lands in the Sahel
Livelihoods in Nepal - No longer an uphill struggle
Harnessing the healing power of nature - natural regeneration in India
A solution to India's sodic soils?
The Loess Plateau: from China's sorrow to Earth's hope
Learning not to burn - transforming land and livelihoods in Central America
Brighter future for farmers in Uzbekistan