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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 9 The use of complementary methods to understand the dimensions of soil fertility in the hills of Nepal

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 9 The use of complementary methods to understand the dimensions of soil fertility in the hills of Nepal Cate Turton, Ashok Vaidya, Junoo Tuladhar and Krishna Joshi · Introduction · Participatory and formal approaches in parallel Soil fertility in the hills of Nepal has been high on the research and development agenda for The study covered 13 villages, characterised by many years. Yet quantitative data on the a range of bio-physical and socio-economic spatial and temporal dynamics of soil fertility conditions to which farming systems have are few, and repetitive reports of `low and adapted. Realising the need for a better declining soil fertility' have little meaning quantitative and qualitative understanding of the without a reference point. Our study set out to problem, the multi-disciplinary team of develop a clear understanding of the researchers adopted an integrated approach, magnitude and extent of the problem and the using a range of methods to build a picture of underlying reasons for changes in soil fertility. soil fertility in the hills. The sequencing of methods (see Figure 1) and their likely This paper describes how a variety of research outcomes were carefully considered in the methods were ...

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