It is sadly true that in many parts of the world our parents can remember a very different environment from that of today. Deserts have grown. Fertile land has become poor. People are fighting to overcome these problems in many different ways. Soil erosion has become such a widespread problem that most countries now have government programmes to control erosion, programmes that add to the efforts of the farmers themselves.
Will Critchley and Olivia Graham provide some tried and tested guidelines for soil conservation programmes. We include plenty of practical ideas for a wide variety of control methods. You may know of others you would like to share. We also have a very interesting follow-up to our issue on Partnership in Community Health Care.