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An analysis of 10 African natural resources management practices

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Contributors: Thomas K. Erdmann

SUMMARY: This literature review draws from project and scientific literature concerning USAID natural resource management (NRM) programs in Africa. The author provides an evaluation of levels of adoption for 10 NRM technologies and progress in increasing productivity and/or income of farmers through the adoption of introduced NRM technologies. NRM technologies included physical and biological contour barriers, home gardens, natural forest management, game ranching, community based wildlife management, ecotourism, windbreaks and improved fallow. CBNFM projects examined were the Forest and Land Use Planning (FLUP) project in the Gueeeselbodi National Forest of Niger, and the Nazinon forest program in Burkina Faso. Conclusions of the project review suggest the following key issues for NRM projects Time frame in which anticipated benefits will occur; Motivations for adoption of a practice or technology; Sustainability of introduced practices beyond project subsidy; Monitoring projects.

Author(s): Thomas K. Erdmann

Publication Date: 1998

Location: Africa

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