By Anthony Young

Until motion is taken, the constructing international will face recurrent difficulties of meals safety and clash. This quantity offers a precis and point of view of the sector of land assets and indicates advancements had to preserve assets for destiny generations. assurance presents an authoritative overview of the assets of soils, water, weather, forests and pastures on which agriculture relies. It assesses the interactions among land assets and wider elements of improvement, together with inhabitants and poverty. It presents a powerful critique of present equipment of assessing land degradation and putting an fiscal worth on land. it may be learn by means of all taken with rural improvement, together with scientists, economists, geographers, sociologists, planners, and scholars of improvement reports.

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Overgrazing, leading to pasture degradation and soil erosion, commonly called 'desertification', is certainly widespread, although the reliability of information about it is very low. A key problem is to sustain livestock through the long dry season. 18 LAND RESOURCE ISSUES Management of the livestock is not well integrated with conservation of the pastures on which they depend. Population pressure leads to the encroachment of arable cultivation onto grazing land, often the moister and most valuable pastures.

Under communist rule, land resource management was often not efficient or sustainable, conservation was sacrificed to the achievement of production targets, and serious degradation occurred. In some respects, many of the smaller republics in Central Asia now belong to the develop- LAND RESOURCES ing world. Aid funds have been diverted to this region. For this group of countries, it will be assumed that: political stability and efficient government, and consequent economic progress, will be maintained; there will be some further population increase, and a substantial rise in living standards leading to greatly increased consumer demand, including for food; arising from better land resource and economic management, food production will increase, although not sufficiently to make this bloc a net food exporter.

27 Surveys of vegetation and ramjelands An early classic among natural resource surveys was a vegetation-soil map of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). This was completed in the 1930s, when most of the country was covered with natural or semi-natural vegetation, variations in which provided a sensitive indication of soils and agricultural potential. 28 In recent years, however, apart from specialized purposes of nature conservation, vegetation surveys have not been widely used in development, mainly because so little seminatural vegetation remains.

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