Agriculture in Semi-Arid Environments

  • Anthony E. Hall
  • Glen H. Cannell
  • Harry W. Lawton

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. H. W. Lawton, P. J. Wilke
    Pages 1-44
  3. A. E. Hall, K. W. Foster, J. G. Waines
    Pages 148-179
  4. W. H. Isom, G. F. Worker
    Pages 200-223
  5. D. W. Henderson
    Pages 224-237
  6. G. H. Cannell, L. V. Weeks
    Pages 238-256
  7. S. D. Van Gundy, M. Luc
    Pages 257-265
  8. L. S. Jordan, D. L. Shaner
    Pages 266-296
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 333-342

About this book


The semi-arid zones of the world are fragile ecosystems which are being sub­ stantially modified by the activities of mankind. Increasing human populations have resulted in greater demands on semi-arid zones for providing human susten­ ance and the possibility that this may enhance desertification is a grave concern. These zones are harsh habitats for humans. The famines that resulted from drought during the late 1960's and the 1970's in the African Sahel illustrated the unreliability of present agricultural systems in this zone. Large fluctuations in ag­ ricultural production have occurred in semi-arid zones of Australia, North Ameri­ ca, and the Soviet Union due to periodic droughts, even though considerable ag­ ricultural technology has been devoted to agricultural development in these zones. The challenge to mankind is to manage these different semi-arid zones so that pro­ ductivity is increased and stabilized, and environmental deterioration is decreased. Irrigation can be used to increase and stabilize agricultural production in semi-arid zones as discussed in Volume 5 of this series, Arid Zone Irrigation. The present volume, Agriculture in Semi-Arid Environments, focuses on dryland farming in semi-arid zones, and is relevant to the large areas of the world where rainfall is limiting and where water is not available for irrigation. This volume is designed to assist agricultural development in these areas and consists of reviews and analyses of available information by scientists working in Africa, Australia, and at the U ni­ versity of California.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony E. Hall
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Glen H. Cannell
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Harry W. Lawton
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Department of Soil and Environmental SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  3. 3.College of Natural and Agricultural SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67330-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67328-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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