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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 1996

Nutrient Cycling or Soil Mining ? - Agropastoralism in Semi-Arid West Africa

Agropastoralism - West Africa

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Nutrient Cycling or Soil Mining ? - Agropastoralism in Semi-Arid West Africa.

Pays /Région : Sahel

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R6603

DFID Programme : Natural Resources Systems Programme

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Department of Geography, University of Cambridge ; University of Cambridge
Managing Institutes : HTSPE Limited
Collaborating Institutes : University of Bayero

Durée : Start Date : 01-01-1996 End Date : 30-11-1997

Objectif
The project aims to understand nutrient dynamics within a short - fallow farming system in semi-arid Nigeria and identify the valuation of nutrient inputs, outputs and intensification technologies will enable agricultural development workers to promote the intensification of production while recognising the needs and priorities of small-holder farmers.

Descriptif
Small-holder farmers in the savanna need to intensify production in the face of rising population desities, rainfall decline, a volatile economy and poor infrastructure. In an area of low inherent soil fertility, nutrient management and recycling is the key to maintaining the natural resource base which the system depends while intensifying production. Low external imput farming systems are the most suitable for small-holder farmers. The costs of increasedlabour, inorganic fertilizer and plough-hire may be offset through the sale of surplus crops, livestock holder farmers rely on the environmental sustainability of their management of natural resources, and the economic viability of the household. This project will address these two issues by monitoring outputs and inputs of the farming system in terms of soil nutrients and money.

Total Cost to DFID : £90,126

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