Thinking outside the plot: Addressing low adoption of sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa

Justine E. Cordingley, Katherine A. Snyder, Judith Rosendahl, Fred Kizito, Deborah Bossio

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Abstract

Sustainable land management (SLM) is seen as the best way to combat and even reverse land degradation. Despite extensive past efforts to promote SLM to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, adoption remains low. Research suggests that this is largely the result of social and economic drivers of land degradation which can vary from household to regional levels. We argue that to get a better understanding of these drivers, and to incorporate them into planning and implementation, a landscape approach that pays close attention to ecosystem services and livelihoods on a broader scale is necessary. Incorporating this wider lens calls for a transdisciplinary approach that brings together multiple perspectives into a common frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume15
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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