Contents: Preface. 1. Arid zone soils and their suitability for agroforestry/D.C. Joshi. 2. Climatic features and their modifications through agroforestry/A.S. Rao. 3. Traditional agroforestry systems in western Rajasthan/S.K. Saxena. 4. Some alternative production systems and their management for sustainability/J.P. Gupta. 5. Some improved silvipastoral systems for sustainable production/S.K. Sharma. 6. Integrated farming systems for higher and sustained productivity in watersheds of arid areas/T.K. Bhati. 7. Shelterbelt management for environmental improvement in hot arid ecosystem/A.K. Sharma and J.P. Gupta. 8. Management of degraded grasslands in arid regions of Rajasthan/K.C. Singh. 9. Nutrient cycling in agroforestry/B.M. Sharma. 10. A conceptual model for the evaluation of agroforestry systems/P.R. Ojasvi and R.K. Goyal. 11. Role of legumes alongwith biofertilizers in agroforestry systems for higher plant productivity/A.V. Rao. 12. Water relations of desert vegetation/S. Kathju. 13. Soil fertility management in agroforestry systems/R.K. Aggarwal and Praveen Kumar. 14. Feed resources of Indian arid zone : their nutritive value for the livestock/H.C. Bohra and B.K. Mathur. 15. Potential role of agroforestry in arid zone in 2000 AD/B.M. Sharma and J.P. Gupta. 16. Insect pest management in agroforestry/M.P. Singh. 17. Diseases of desert trees and their management/R. Raj Bhansali and S.K. Jindal. 18. Important fodder trees of arid zone and their management/J.C. Tiwari. 19. Genetic improvement of tree species suitable for arid zone/K.R. Solanki. 20. Improved varieties of pasture grasses and their cultivation/M.S. Yadav and M.P. Rajora. 21. Social issues in agroforestry land use systems on arid lands/L.P. Bharara. 22. Development of degraded pasturelands in arid region--a case study/S.S. Rathore, B.L. Jain and B.M. Sharma. 23. Transfer of agroforestry technology in arid zone--a case study/R.N. Singh.
"From the point of view of sustainability, the farmers of the arid areas had been practicing agroforestry since ancient times. In recent years this attained more importance particularly from the point of view of efficient utilization of land and water resources, meeting grain, fuel wood and fodder needs of increasing human and livestock population and protecting the environment from deterioration.
"The present volume is comprised of 23 chapters containing information on various aspects of agroforestry like soil and climatic conditions, nutrient and water relations, improved genotypes of trees and grasses, insect pest management, socio-economic settings and transfer of technology for providing sustainability to arid regions." (jacket)
[J.P. Gupta and B.M. Sharma are on the Staff of the Central Arid Zone Research Institute.]