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Management of Steeplands

Leptosol overlying bedrock material

Steep lands often pose specific problems to agriculture and the environment because the steep slopes and accidental relief result in shallow soils that are very prone to erosion and landslides. In the tropics most of the steep land areas are settled by small-scale farming families where livelihoods may be endangered by land degradation and associated loss of productivity. The translation of the concepts and principles of good land husbandry into field practice require practical actions that are well adjusted to the site and farmer-specific conditions where they would be applied.