Agrodiversity: applying the concept to indigenous soil and water conservation practices in eastern Kenya

A Tengberg, J Ellis-Jones, R Kiome, Michael Stocking

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Agrodiversity - diversity of cropping systems, crop species and farm management practices - has received increasing attention in recent years as a way of spreading risk and supporting food security in resource-poor farming systems. This paper discusses the dynamic aspects of indigenous soil and water conservation (ISWC) practices in a semi-arid part of Kenya. The objective is to situate ISWC within overall agrodiversity and show how the aim of improved ISWC can be achieved by addressing production constraints and cropping strategies. It is demonstrated that the identification of improved ISWC lies at the interface between land management and cropping strategies and that there is scope for much research on the integration of cropping and soil and water conservation practices. Moreover, interventions in the area of soil and water conservation must build on the existing agrodiversity and an understanding of the complex interaction between environmental and socio-economic factors giving rise to different farming systems and management practices.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSilsoe Research Institute
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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