By Kevin M. Cleaver

ISBN-10: 0821331892

ISBN-13: 9780821331897

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Tables A4 and A5). The cause of soil degradation in Africa appears to be the combination of maintenance of traditional farming practices, with rapidly increasing farming populations. Shifting cultivation and transhumant pastoralism have been appropriate under conditions of slow population growth, abundant land, limited capital and limited technical know-how. The ecological and economic systems were in equilibrium. The key to maintaining this equilibrium was mobility. People shifted to a different location when soil fertility declined or forage was depleted.

255 Mohan, editor, Bibliography of Publications: Technical Department, Africa Region, July 1987 to April 1994 Page iv Discussion Paper Series No. 82 Psacharopoulos, Why Educational Policies Can Fail: An Overview of Selected African Experiences No. 83 Craig, Comparative African Experiences in Implementing Educational Policies No. 84 Kiros, Implementing Educational Policies in Ethiopia No. 85 Eshiwani, Implementing Educational Policies in Kenya No. 86 Galabawa, Implementing Educational Policies in Tanzania No.

Poverty Indicators for Selected Countries. C. Page 4 2 Lack of Agricultural Development as a Major Cause of Rural Poverty The household budget surveys available suggest that the major cause for low incomes in rural areas has been stagnating agricultural production. 3 percent annually during the 1980s (Table A1 shows agricultural growth for each country). 8 percent per annum. during the same period. Average per capita food production has declined in many countries, per capita calorie consumption has stagnated at very low levels, and roughly 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are food insecure (Table A2).

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