Friday, January 21

Soil Erosion

Zambia suffers from tremendous soil erosion problems, largely as a result of deforestation. Some of the reasons for the deforestation include population growth, poor land management, tsetse fly control, and charcoal production.

Farmers use fertilizers to replenish what erosion has stripped from the soil. Ironically, the overuse of fertilzers also contributes to soil erosion.

Some groups (like the World Rainforest Movement) blame Zambia's land policy and the removal of agricultural subsidies for continued deforestation.

I know it sounds boring, but if you read a little about it, it's pretty interesting.