Sustainable Dryland Farming: Combining Farmer Innovation and Medic Pasture in a Mediterranean Climate

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Sheep and wheat are the staples of dryland farms in the Mediterranean zone of the Northern hemisphere. The commonly used dryland farming system introduced in the 1950s is proving unsustainable. Erosion has reached a critical level and pastures have all but disappeared. Experts advise more cropping (forage crops for instance) and more fertiliser. Yet intensification of the present system will only hasten erosion. Is there an alternative system that is both environmentally sustainable and within the means of most farmers in the region? Innovative farmers in a similar climate in Australia discovered a sustainable rotation using annual medics as both fertiliser and pasture. Attempts to transfer their knowledge have often foundered. Why is this so? How much do the experts know about this system? This book pulls apart the warp and weft of development on dryland farms to try to find some answers to these questions.

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'... a deeply informed study ... a book which should be on the shelves of all libraries in institutions world-wide concerned with agricultural science, all aspects of developmental studies and relayed specialisations, as well as international agencies and NGOs'. MEWREW

'I enjoyed reading this text, partly because the enthusiasm of the authors comes through in their writing. It is well presented with good quality black and white photographs, text figures and tables.' Stephen Nortcliff, Annals of Botany

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Dryland farmers in Mediterranean zones need a new farming system to help prevent soil erosion and increase production of sheep and wheat. This book tells how such a system was discovered in Australia, and considers what is needed to enable farmers in other dryland zones to benefit from its benevolent effects and productivity.

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