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Soil tillage in Africa:
needs and challenges



Soil Resources, Management and Conservation Service
Land and Water Development Division, FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


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FAO Information Division

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ISBN 92-5-103442-7

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is greatly indebted to the Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Lucas Brader, for hosting the FAO Tillage Training Course, some of the papers of which are presented in this publication.

Sincere gratitude is expressed to Dr. J. Gulley, Dr. B.T. Kang and Mr. D. Couper of IITA who assisted with various lectures and conducted field demonstrations. Special thanks go to Prof. J. Morin, Prof. P. Aina, Prof. Agboola, Dr. O. Opara-Nadi and Dr. Elwell for their contributions. Much of the general information in Zimbabwe was obtained from Moyo et al. (1991). Grateful thanks are due to G.J. Oliver and J. Hagmann for contributing photographs and to the support of GTZ in preparing this document. The assistance of Mr. J.M. Hodgson in editing the manuscript is gratefully acknowledged.