Sustainable Dryland Farming: Combining Farmer Innovation and Medic Pasture in a Mediterranean Climate

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Sheep and wheat are the staples of dryland farms in the Mediterranean zone of the Northern Hemisphere. The commonly used dryland farming system introduced in the 1950s, however, is proving unsustainable. What is needed is an alternative system that is both environmentally sustainable and within the means of most farmers in the region. This book analyzes the quagmire of development on dryland farms to try to find some answers to these issues for scientists in agriculture and economics.

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Dryland farmers in Mediterranean zones need a new farming system to help prevent soil erosion and increase production of sheep and wheat. Innovative Australian farmers have evolved a system using annual medic pasture that is environmentally sustainable, low risk and within the farmer's means. This book tells how this system was discovered, how it proved its sustainability, and what is needed to enable farmers in other dryland zones to benefit from its benevolent effects and productivity.

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Sheep and wheat are the staples of dryland farms in the Mediterranean zone of the Northern Hemisphere. The commonly used dryland farming system introduced in the 1950s is proving unsustainable. Erosion has reached a critical level and pastures have all but disappeared. Experts advise more cropping (forage crops for instance) and more fertiliser. Yet intensification of the present system will only hasten erosion. Is there an alternative system that is both environmentally sustainable and within the means of most farmers in the region? Innovative farmers in a similar climate in Australia discovered a sustainable rotation using annual medics as both fertiliser and pasture. Attempts to transfer their knowledge have often foundered. Why is this so? How much do the experts know about this system? This book pulls apart the warp and weft of development on dryland farms to try to find some answers to these questions.

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