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Fallowing is the practice of leaving land unseeded for a long time so that the soil regains its fertility. The technology helps the soil to increase nutrients, which will later be beneficial for production purposes in the following season(s).  Ploughing is carried out in the dry season and weeding takes place throughout.

Note: For this SLM technology case, the SPI report on Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change refers to: Scatena, F.N., et al. 1996. Cropping and fallowing sequences of small farms in the “terra firme” landscape of the Brazilian Amazon: a case study from Santarem, Para. Ecological Economics, 29-40.

Land use type
Technology group
Vegetation management
Type of land degradation addressed
Soil erosion by water