Sustainable Land Management – Learning
Towards a Knowledgeable SLM Community



The TerrAfrica program has produced guidelines for best practices in sustainable land man­agement (SLM), with an aim to disseminate these promising practices and create a framework for invest­ment in SLM in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (watch this short video on TerrAfrica). Based on these guidelines and best practices, this knowledge platform provides an easy-to-navigate tool to access the TerrAfrica knowledge and a visual space for community of practice to interact among each other and with experts from within and outside the continent.

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What does SLM achieve?

Land degradation, resulting from unsustainable land management practices, is a threat to the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and to the livelihoods of the people who directly depend on agricultural production. Sustainable Land Management (SLM) is about people looking after the land for the present and the future.

Which are the SLM groups?

SLM technologies can be broadly grouped into 8 categories, all aimed at increasing productivity, improving livelihoods and enhancing ecosystems:

1. Integrated Soil Fertility Management

2. Conservation Agriculture

3. Cross-Slope Barriers

4. Rainwater Harvesting

5. Smallholder Irrigation

6. Agroforestry

7. Sustainable Forestry

8. Range and Pasture Management

How to scale up?

This section provides overview of the Sustainable Land Management by giving a common definition and introducing the main elements of SLM. The guidelines provide important guidance to assist countries to design and implement SLM technologies and approaches to scale up sustainable land and water management, at either the national program level or at the level of projects on the ground.