Dynamics and diversity : soil fertility and farming livelihoods in Africa : case studies from Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe
Ian Scoones is a well known expert in the field of soil fertility and small scale farming in Africa. With this new book on the subject he adds an important reference work to his list of publications. This book is based on research carried out by teams of researchers from Africa and Europe over three years in a range of contrasting locations. The research results add up to a new approach to looking at soil management issues in Africa, with significant implications for development policy and practice. The results suggest a more positive view of the prospects for sustainable agriculture in small-scale farming systems in Africa than the overridingly negative views of crisis and collapse that have dominated the policy debate. The research also points to the need for developing new technologies and management practices which are suited to the diversity of farmer needs and settings, when addressing the challenges of natural resource management.