Management of tropical sandy soils for sustainable agriculture | Land Portal

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décembre 2007
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FAODOCREP:f66e86c7-f697-5bbb-8859-cd0b0920ac14
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536
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Light textured sandy soils are ubiquitous throughout the tropics and constitute an important soil resource on which millions are dependent for their livelihoods. Spanning a range of rainfall regimes from the arid to the humid tropics, they present unique sustainability and environmental challenges to resource managers. Physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sandy soils often act as a severe limitation in crop production. Within the tropics, these soils are predominantly occupied by resource poor and often marginalized communities that have limited capacity to address the aforementioned biophysical challenges. By manipulating the constituent components of the soil through the addition and conservation of organic matter or through the physical application of organic waste and clay materials, the potential productivity of these soils can be realized. There are thus significant opportunities in developing innovative management strategies that enhance the productivity of these systems under the diverse range of climatic conditions in which these soils occur. This symposium brought together scientists, extension practitioners and policy-makers to exchange knowledge and experiences on land and water degradation of tropical sandy soils and their sustained management and remediation. This proceedings documents the 92 session papers presented at the symposium (58 oral and 34 poster papers).

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Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Agriculture Group

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FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO Asia & the Pacific)

The vision of the FAO office in Bangkok is a food-secure Asia and the Pacific region.


Its mission is to help member countries halve the number of undernourished people in the region by raising agricultural productivity and alleviating poverty while protecting the region’s natural resources base.


Agricultural growth in Asia-Pacific has stagnated in recent years, with a serious decline in agricultural investment, and depletion and degradation of natural resources in the face of continued population growth.

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FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO Asia & the Pacific)

The vision of the FAO office in Bangkok is a food-secure Asia and the Pacific region.


Its mission is to help member countries halve the number of undernourished people in the region by raising agricultural productivity and alleviating poverty while protecting the region’s natural resources base.


Agricultural growth in Asia-Pacific has stagnated in recent years, with a serious decline in agricultural investment, and depletion and degradation of natural resources in the face of continued population growth.

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