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

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521337410

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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, however, is proving unsustainable. What is needed is an alternative system that is both environmentally sustainable and within the means of most farmers in the region. This book analyzes the quagmire of development on dryland farms to try to find some answers to these issues for scientists in agriculture and economics.

    • Describes an environmentally acceptable way of increasing the yield of farmers in dryland zones
    • A unique account of the problems encountered in transferring knowledge from one group of farmers to another
    • Written by leading authorities on the medic system of dryland farming
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    "Only when these wider ecological and cultural issues are taken into account can an impression be gained as to whether the medic system is truly sustainable and appropriate for use in North Africa and the Near East." David I. McCracken, Ecoscience

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521337410
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Medic and Other Systems:
    1. Why use medic?
    2. Farming in South Australia before medic
    3. Medics and sub-clover on the farms
    Part II. The Projects:
    4. A demonstration medic farm in Libya
    5. The grazing phase and farmer training
    6. A medic project in Algeria, 7. A medic project in Jordan
    8. Two medic projects in Iraq
    Part III. Institutions, Agencies, Local Farmers and Technicians:
    9. Institutions, agencies and medic 1950–1980
    10. Institutions, agencies and medic 1980–1993
    11. On the farms in Tunisia
    12. On the farms in Morocco
    14. The future of medic
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Lynne Chatterton

    Brian Chatterton

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