Teaching smallholders to combat soil erosion. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R6525: Methods of Economic and Environmental Assessment of the on-site Impacts of Soil Erosion and Conservation - A Case Study of Smallholder Agriculture in Sri Lanka and PD097: Field assessment of land degradation from the perspective of the land user: validation and production of guidelines.

A systems framework forms the basis of a training tool for field professionals working with smallholder households on the impact of farming activities on soil erosion and conservation. Methods for the field assessment of both biophysical and economic aspects of erosion and conservation by developing country professionals and field staff are included. The methodology has been published and presented at meetings and training workshops. The publication was originally put on the Internet and is now available in print in English and Spanish, with an Arabic version in preparation. The technique has been widely adopted around the world. It is used in 26 countries with eight more about to take it up. This includes 12 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.


NRSP06, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 85.

Published 1 January 2007