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Sustainable Dryland Farming
Combining Farmer Innovation and Medic Pasture in a Mediterranean Climate


  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521337410

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  • Sheep and wheat are the staples of dryland farms in the Mediterranean zone of the Northern hemisphere. The commonly used dryland farming system introduced in the 1950s is proving unsustainable. Erosion has reached a critical level and pastures have all but disappeared. Experts advise more cropping (forage crops for instance) and more fertiliser. Yet intensification of the present system will only hasten erosion. Is there an alternative system that is both environmentally sustainable and within the means of most farmers in the region? Innovative farmers in a similar climate in Australia discovered a sustainable rotation using annual medics as both fertiliser and pasture. Attempts to transfer their knowledge have often foundered. Why is this so? How much do the experts know about this system? This book pulls apart the warp and weft of development on dryland farms to try to find some answers to these questions.

    • Describes an environmentally acceptable way of increasing the yield of farmers in dryland zones
    • A unique account of the problems encountered in transferring knowledge from one group of farmers to another
    • Written by leading authorities on the medic system of dryland farming
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    '... a deeply informed study ... a book which should be on the shelves of all libraries in institutions world-wide concerned with agricultural science, all aspects of developmental studies and relayed specialisations, as well as international agencies and NGOs'. MEWREW

    'I enjoyed reading this text, partly because the enthusiasm of the authors comes through in their writing. It is well presented with good quality black and white photographs, text figures and tables.' Stephen Nortcliff, Annals of Botany

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521337410
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Medic and Other Systems:
    1. Why use medic?
    2. Farming in South Australia before medic
    3. Medics and sub-clover on the farms
    Part II. The Projects:
    4. A demonstration medic farm in Libya
    5. The grazing phase and farmer training
    6. A medic project in Algeria, 7. A medic project in Jordan
    8. Two medic projects in Iraq
    Part III. Institutions, Agencies, Local Farmers and Technicians:
    9. Institutions, agencies and medic 1950–1980
    10. Institutions, agencies and medic 1980–1993
    11. On the farms in Tunisia
    12. On the farms in Morocco
    14. The future of medic

  • Authors

    Lynne Chatterton

    Brian Chatterton

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