The complex and dynamic links between natural resource management (NRM) and development have long been recognized by national and international research and development organizations and have generated voluminous literature. However, much of what is available in the form of university course books, practical learning manuals, and reference materials in NRM is based on experiences from outside Africa.
This book presents state-of-the-art perspectives on NRM issues in Africa and how they are being addressed scientifically, economically, socially, and politically. The nine chapters provide an holistic African perspective, against the backdrop of prevailing local, national, regional, and global social, economic, and environmental challenges. The authors' wide experience, the rich references made to emerging challenges and opportunities, and the presentation of different tools, principles, approaches, case studies, and processes make the book a rich and valuable resource for postgraduate students, researchers, policymakers, and NRM practitioners. The book is designed to help the reader understand current NRM issues in Africa, and presents innovative guidance for research design and problem solving, including review questions, learning activities, and recommended further reading.
Washington O. Ochola is Programme Manager – Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).
Pascal Sanginga is Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Isaac Bekalo is Regional Director for Africa, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).