Farmers' perceptions of the role of scattered vegetation in wind erosion control on arable land in Burkina Faso

J.K. Leenders, S.M. Faye-Visser, L. Stroosnijder

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Abstract

This paper describes the results of a survey on farmers' perceptions of the effect of woody natural vegetation on wind erosion. Sixty farmers were interviewed in three villages in northern Burkina Faso. The farmers mentioned that the presence of woody vegetation between the crops could benefit yield, but feared competition between the natural vegetation and the crop. Vegetation in a field was considered to increase deposition and decrease erosion on that field. The most important vegetative characteristics that affect wind erosion were, according to the farmers, vegetation's shape, porosity, flexibility and arrangement of the vegetation in the field. At present, most farmers do not apply this knowledge to the management of the natural woody vegetation on their fields
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-337
JournalLand Degradation and Development
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • west-africa
  • niger
  • sahel
  • soil
  • system
  • water

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