With current rates of land degradation reaching ten to twelve million ha per year, there is an urgent need to scale up and out successful, profitable and resource-efficient sustainable land management practices to maintain the health and resilience of the land that humans depend on. As much as 500 million out of two billion ha of degraded land, mainly in developing countries, have restoration potential, offering an immediate target for restoration and rehabilitation initiatives.1 In the past, piecemeal approaches to achieving sustainable land management have had limited impact.
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Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2017India, Nepal, Morocco, South Africa
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2018South Africa
Although advances in remote sensing have enhanced mapping and monitoring of irrigated areas, producing accurate cropping information through satellite image classification remains elusive due to the complexity of landscapes, changes in reflectance of different land-covers, the remote sensing data selected, and image processing methods used, among others. This study extracted agricultural fields in the former homelands of Venda and Gazankulu in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2018India
Assessment of specific yields is important for effective groundwater management in semi-arid hardrock aquifers, especially in India with its unsustainable groundwater usage rates. The Dharta watershed in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan is one such hardrock area in India where the groundwater extraction rate is a concern.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2017
Land provides a host of ecosystem services, of which the provisioning services are often considered paramount. As the demand for agricultural products multiplies, other ecosystem services are being degraded or lost entirely. Finding a sustainable trade-off between food production and one or more of other ecosystem services, given the variety of stakeholders, is a matter of optimizing land use in a dynamic and complex socio-ecological system. Land degradation reduces our options to meet both food demands and environmental needs.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2017South Africa
A survey of 76 public smallholder irrigation schemes in the Limpopo Province was jointly conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa, and the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD), as part of the ‘Revitalization of Smallholder Irrigation in South Africa’ project.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2017Ghana
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2018Ethiopia
This paper provides details of soil and water conservation (SWC) investments in Ethiopia over the past 20 years. It presents SWC practices and estimates the level of SWC investments in different regions. The paper focuses on four principal agricultural regions: Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray. Primary and secondary data were collected for the analysis, and consultations were conducted at regional levels. Primary data on diverse SWC practices, their numbers and areal extent were obtained from the archives of regional Bureaus of Agriculture (BoAs).
Library ResourceLegislationFebruary, 1963Nicaragua
La presente Ley de reforma agraria, tiene por objeto la reforma social y económica del agro nicaragüense a través de una modificación fundamental de la tenencia de la tierra y de la estructuración jurídica y sistemas de explotación de la misma, tendiente a obtener, con la equitativa distribución del área cultivable y de su renta y con el incremento de la producción, la elevación del nivel de vida de las masas campesinas y su incorporación al proceso de transformación de la economía del país y al desarrollo integral de la Nación.
Library ResourceLegislationDecember, 2016Russia
This Regional Law prohibits the use of the most valuable agricultural land available on the regional territory for any purpose except for agricultural production.
Library ResourceRegulationsJanuary, 2017Guernsey
This Ordinance implements provisions of the Land Planning and Development (Guernsey) Law, 2005 by prescribing, in its Schedule, use classes for the purposes of the Law and for the purposes of any description used in the Strategic Land Use Plan and any Plan or Local Planning Brief. The Ordinance also provides with respect to minor, ancillary or incidental uses and uses falling without use classes. Specific provision is made for land used for agriculture falling within use class