(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

A participatory soil quality assessment in Northern Ethiopia's Mai-Negus catchment

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TESFAHUNEGN G.B. (1 2) ; TAMENE L. (3) ; VLEK P.L.G. (1) ;
(1) Center for Development Research (ZEF), Univ., Bonn, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Fac. of Agriculture and Rural Development, Univ., Aksum, ETHIOPIE
(3) International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Chitedze Agricultural Research Station, Lilongwe, MALAWI


This paper presents experiences of local communities in diagnosis of soil quality (SQ) and assesses the contribution of local knowledge as a strategy for sustainable development decision making within the Mai-Negus catchment of northern Ethiopia. Participatory transect-walks, group discussions and field observation which complemented by household interview were used to acquire data. Farmers identified SQ indicators e.g., crop yield, soil depth, erosion and sedimentation as their basis of categorizing the soils into high, medium and low SQ. They were also able to identify severely degraded areas (hotspots) and underlying causes. Local farmers involved in this study demonstrated their capability to suggest appropriate land management solutions for specific problems


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 86, no1 [pp. 1-13]

Bibliographic references : 39 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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