Tool risk reduction measures


Field subdivision, strip cropping-image

Field subdivision, strip cropping

  • Description
  • Fields of action
  • Synergies
  • Good practice examples
  • References

Field subdivision aims to grow various, alternating arranged crops in a strip-type pattern, preferably in combination with cultivation across the slope. It is suitable esp. for crops with a tendency for erosion like corn or sugar beet that alternate with strips of e.g. gras or uncultivated fields. Crops prone to surface water runoff, erosion and ground cover are hence protected by crops with higher ground cover that reduce the risk of surface water runoff and erosion. Field subdivision should be combined with cross-management. Arrangements among farmers might be necessary.

Fields of action Farmland
Synergies may exist between heavy rain risk management measures and other development goals like environmental protection, health care, and economic performance. Harnessing them requires involvement of different actors, enforcement of exchange between you and them and holistic thinking.

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Peter Strauss, Bundesamt für Wasserwirtschaft