Land degradation along a climatic gradient in Mali : Farmers' perceptions of causes and impacts

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dc.contributor.author Toure, Ibrahim
dc.contributor.author Larjavaara, Markku
dc.contributor.author Savadogo, Patrice
dc.contributor.author Bayala, Jules
dc.contributor.author Yirdaw, Eshetu
dc.contributor.author Diakite, Adama
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-17T14:06:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-17T14:06:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12
dc.identifier.citation Toure , I , Larjavaara , M , Savadogo , P , Bayala , J , Yirdaw , E & Diakite , A 2020 , ' Land degradation along a climatic gradient in Mali : Farmers' perceptions of causes and impacts ' , Land Degradation and Development , vol. 31 , no. 18 , pp. 2804-2818 . https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3683
dc.identifier.other PURE: 140279731
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: c85c3371-c40b-4869-ac75-3ea6656c6001
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000543995700001
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-3484-889X/work/89115468
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-1437-6637/work/89117879
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326653
dc.description.abstract Land degradation (LD) in Mali is prevalent and leads to an enduring environmental and humanitarian crisis. Farmers' ecological knowledge has proven to be a valuable tool in addressing its challenges. How farmers perceive LD affects how they deal with induced risks, and their responses to these perceptions will shape restoration options and outcomes. Therefore, this study assessed farmers' perceptions of LD along a climatic gradient in three regions of Mali. We interviewed 270 farmers, and we analyzed their responses using descriptive statistics and Spearman rank‐order correlation. We found that the respondents were aware of LD and have identified its key indicators and its impacts on their livelihoods. Moreover, we found that farmers' perceptions are not influenced by gender, age, or education level, but rather by agricultural training, participation in agricultural labor, the practice of fallowing, shortage of firewood, livestock, household size, appearance of some plant species and famine. Additionally, farmers' perceptions of LD vary along the climatic gradient as they correlate to different variables in each agro‐ecological zone. LD's impacts, however, decrease in severity along the north–south gradient, although they are linked to the same variables. As LD is seen through a reduction of ecosystem services provisioning capacity because of the local communities' heavy dependence on natural resources, actions should be geared towards agronomic and vegetative land management options. Such actions should prioritize context‐specific soil and water conservation techniques and proven indigenous practices. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Land Degradation and Development
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject BURKINA-FASO
dc.subject CONSTRAINTS
dc.subject COVER CHANGE
dc.subject DETERMINANTS
dc.subject HIGHLANDS
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE
dc.subject MANAGEMENT
dc.subject RESPONSES
dc.subject SOIL FERTILITY
dc.subject WEST-AFRICA
dc.subject WestAfrica
dc.subject agro-ecological zone
dc.subject dryland
dc.subject environmental-change
dc.subject natural resource management
dc.subject restoration
dc.subject 4112 Forestry
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences
dc.title Land degradation along a climatic gradient in Mali : Farmers' perceptions of causes and impacts en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Forest Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)
dc.contributor.organization Eshetu Yirdaw Eshetu / Principal Investigator
dc.contributor.organization Forest Ecology and Management
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3683
dc.relation.issn 1085-3278
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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