From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

Title From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’
Contributor ILEIA
Author Georges Felix
Content In semi-arid cropping regions of West Africa, fallow periods are getting shorter. As land becomes more scarce, farmers are not able to give their soils enough time to rest. This is leading to depletion of soil organic matter, severely threatening soil fertility and damaging soil structure. In the worst cases, crops hardly yield anything anymore. But this is not an option for family farmers. In Burkina Faso, some have found ways to restore their soils that have been dubbed ‘slash and mulch’. The improvement and spread of these techniques also proves the importance of partnerships between farmers and researchers in developing locally suited practices.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa BURKINA FASO
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/soils-for-life/slash-and-mulch

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The Real Green Revolution: Organic and Agroecological farming in the South

Title The Real Green Revolution: Organic and Agroecological farming in the South
Contributor Greenpeace
Author Nicholas Parrott, Terry Marsden
Content This report highlights some of the opportunities and challenges of establishing an organic farming movement that “can increase food security, reduce poverty and protect environmental resources” in the Southern hemisphere. Even though the report asserts that government policies are still needed to encourage the extension of organic farming, several positive trends are identified through a number of worldwide case studies.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA, INDONESIA
Africa BURKINA FASO, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, MALI, TANZANIA
South America PERU
Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/report/2002/1/the-real-green-revolution.pdf

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Soil and Water Management Techniques for Plant Resources Conservation in the Northern Burkina Faso

Title Soil and Water Management Techniques for Plant Resources Conservation in the Northern Burkina Faso
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Leopold Some
Content Agriculture in the Sahelian zone is essentially rainfed. Due to frequent droughts and land degradation, it is more and more difficult for crops to have enough water during their growing period. Farmers of this region have developed several soil and water management techniques…
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2001
Language English
Africa BURKINA FASO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Burkina_Faso.html

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