Rangeland productivity and exploitation in the Sahel

H. Breman, C.T. de Wit

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    Abstract

    Results of a Malian-Dutch research project on the Sahelian pastures and their utilization suggest reasons why some efforts to develop traditional livestock farming in this area have been unsuccessful. Failure to appreciate the effects of low soil fertility as well as low rainfall on pasture production has resulted in underestimation of the productivity of the nomadic and seminomadic livestock farming system and overestimation of the possibilities for increasing production by better management and by modernization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1341-1347
    JournalScience
    Volume221
    Issue number4618
    Publication statusPublished - 1983

    Keywords

    • grazing
    • mountain grasslands
    • natural grasslands
    • rangelands
    • sahel
    • yield increases
    • yield losses
    • yields

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