Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Research article
22 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2015

Linking soil erosion to on-site financial cost: lessons from watersheds in the Blue Nile basin

T. Erkossa, A. Wudneh, B. Desalegn, and G. Taye

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The paper reviews global and regional literature related to soil erosion and crop productivity. It argues that the cost of not replacing the nutrient lost due to erosion is more meaningful in areas where farmers do not apply the recommended rate of fertilizers. Thus, it established a functional relationship between the nutrients and yield of major crops based on data from three watersheds in the Nile basin and estimated the annual financial loss based on the local market price of the crops.