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Integrated Witchweed Management in Mali

Location: Mopti Region, Mali Following a locust infestation and drought in 2004 and 2005, researchers went to Central Mali’s Mopti region to assist farmers. Local farmers identified witchweed as one of the most formidable threats they faced. Thereafter, farmer field schools were developed in Mopti and the neighboring Tominian area, where scientists introduced an integrated means of managing witchweed. Both farmers and scientists noted crop...

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Mali

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Mali

Location: Timbuktu Region, Mali Northern Mali’s Timbuktu region is one of the most food insecure regions in the Sahelian nation. Agriculture depends on the floodwaters of the Niger River and highly variable rainfall that averages less than 200 mm per year. Annual rice yields average less than one ton per hectare, and irrigated rice yields average four tons per hectare. Using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which requires wider spacing...

Ecologically-based Rural Development in Mali

Ecologically-based Rural Development in Mali

Location: Douentza Region, Mali A Unitarian Service Committee of Canada (USC-Canada) project in eastern Mali combined educational programs, soil conservation techniques, agro-forestry practices, seed conservation, market gardening, and fruit tree planting as key innovations to fight hunger and poverty. From 1995 to 1998, over 5,000 farmers received training on ecological agriculture techniques; learned how to select and preserve high yielding,...

The West African Integrated Production and Pest Management Program (IPPM)

The West African Integrated Production and Pest Management Program (IPPM)

Successful implementation of field-based learning in Farmer Field Schools (FFS) has facilitated ecologically resilient farming systems in West Africa.

Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali

Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali

Location: Koutiala region, Mali A research project on improved fallows examined how short-term rotations of selected perennial tree and shrub species impact cereal yields and soil quality in subsistence maize cropping systems. The effects of improved fallows on maize yields were significant when combining a tree species (Gliricidia) and a nitrogen-fixing legume (Stylosanthes). The results suggest that this innovative agroforestry strategy holds...

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