by: World Bank
Policies promoting pro-poor agricultural growth are the key to
helping countries achieve the Millennium Development
Goals—especially the goal of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
The public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations are
working to enhance productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural
sector to reduce rural poverty and sustain the natural resource base.
The pathways involve participation by rural communities, science and
technology, knowledge generation and further learning, capacity
enhancement, and institution building.
Sustainable land management (SLM)—an essential component of
such policies—will help to ensure the productivity of
agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and hydrology. SLM will also support
a range of ecosystem services on which agriculture depends.
The Sustainable Land Management Sourcebook provides a
knowledge repository of tested practices and innovative resource
management approaches that are currently being tested. The diverse menu
of options represents the current state of the art of good land
management practices. Section one identifies the need and scope for SLM
and food production in relation to cross-sector issues such as
freshwater and forest resources, regional climate and air quality, and
interactions with biodiversity conservation and increasingly valuable
ecosystem services. Section two categorizes the diversity of land
management systems globally and the strategies for improving household
livelihoods in each system type. Section three presents a range of
investment notes that summarize good practice, as well as innovative
activity profiles that highlight design of successful or innovative
investments. Section four identifies easy-to-access, Web-based
resources relevant for land and natural resource managers. The
Sourcebook is a living document that will be periodically
updated and expanded as new material and findings become available on
good land management practices.
This book will be of interest to project managers and practitioners
working to enhance land and natural resource management in developing
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