Can Arable Land Be Increased and Sustained in the Highlands of South Arabia through the Rehabilitation of Abandoned Agricultural Terraces?: A Yemen Case Study

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Charles Curry-Smithson


This single case study focuses on the results of a CARE International project in Yemen, which has aimed to rehabilitate 60 hectares of formerly abandoned agricultural terrace fields in twenty poor, rural highland communities. This case study devotes significant narrative and analysis to the process of rehabilitating terraces. Critical factors for success are addressed, such as what site selection criteria are important in indicating success, and the role of community mobilization and its importance to the rebuilding and maintenance of terrace systems. The final conclusion suggests that arable land can be increased in Yemen through terrace rehabilitation, but that the success and sustainability of these efforts depend on careful site selection criteria and community mobilization efforts.


Agricultural and Resource Economics

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