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Improving rural livelihoods through biogas generation using livestock manure and rainwater harvesting Volume 1: Research Report
Expanded Title:Environmental challenges for sustainable development in agriculture are mainly linked to natural resources (water, land and biodiversity). Land degradation is the most important environmental problem affecting many areas of South Africa (DoA, 2002). Soils are characterised by low fertility and rainfall is generally low, erratic, unevenly distributed and unreliable. Nearly 91% of the country is arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid. Research on technologies and production methods that can provide sustainable increases in agricultural production and improved management of natural resources among poor populations is therefore urgently needed in South Africa. In particular, Smith et al. (1997) highlighted the need to develop technological alternatives which promote better resource use through synergies from crop and livestock integration. The maintenance of soil fertility, provision of livestock feeds and use of alternative sources of energy are areas where these reciprocal benefits can be achieved (Hagmann and Chuma, 2002). This project aims to promote sustainable development through research on the three key elements (people, environment and economic factors) that comprise this development. The importance of these factors in sustainable development is highlighted in the National Department of Agriculture’s policy on rural development.
Date Published:01/01/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Agricultural Water - Small holder irrigation, Agricultural Water - Rainwater harvesting
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:1955/1/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0734-3
Authors:Everson TM; Smith MT
Project No:K5/1955
Originator:WRC
Document Size:10 716 KB
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