(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Perspectives on the assumed causes of land degradation in the rangelands of Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KIAGE L.M. (1) ;
(1) Georgia State Univ., ETATS-UNIS


This review shows that the human-induced causes of soil erosion and land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa are not fully understood. The popular views of human-induced soil erosion and land degradation not only fail to take into consideration the fact that land degradation is primarily a physical process, but also they do injustice to adaptive ecosystem management by the local inhabitants. The review specifically questions the stereotypes of overpopulation, overgrazing, deforestation, overstocking, and general rangeland degradation due to human resource use in Sub-Saharan Africa. Empirical evidence suggests that biophysical factors including soil properties, climatic characteristics, topography, and vegetation can sometimes interact among themselves to yield high soil erosion and degradation rates independent of anthropogenic impacts


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 37, no5 [pp. 664-684]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.

Collation : 4 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1177/0309133313492543

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