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Transforming Soils: The Dynamics of Soil-fertility Management in Africa

Issues of soil management are at the top of the international policy agenda for Africa these days. Many statistics are marshalled to support the view that something must be done about declining soil-fertility and increasing soil degradation. If measures are not taken, it is argued, there will be a continuing ‘downward spiral’ of increasing land degradation and rural poverty. Investment in agriculture, and particularly in soils and their management, must be a high priority for public funding if Africa is to achieve any level of agricultural success in its struggle for development.