The best low-input farming system?
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CTA. 1999. The best low-input farming system?. Spore 82. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Alley farming. BT Kang, AN Atta-krah,
Many smallholders cannot obtain fertilisers when they need them, and the returns to farming may be too insecure to justify such investment. Even if more fertilisers were used, they may not be enough to sustain production on the fragile soils of many humid, lowland areas. Alley farming?an alternative low-input farming system that has been researched and promoted in Africa?has been found to have the best potential in the humid and subhumid zones. In this agroforestry system, food crops are grown in alleys formed by hedgerows of trees and shrubs. The hedgerows are cut back at planting and periodically pruned during crop growth to reduce shading and competition with crops for light, nutrients, and moisture. When there are no crops, the hedgerows are allowed to grow freely to cover the land. Their foliage can also be used for animal feed. This latest addition to The Tropical Agriculturalist series provides practical guidelines for establishing and managing an alley farming system. It describes its benefits to crop and livestock production, as well as its limitations. It also discusses economic aspects and addresses the issues of social acceptance and adoption. Alley farming. BT Kang, AN Atta-krah, and L Reynolds. Macmillan-CTA copublication. 1999. 120 pp. ISBN 0 333 60080 0 CTA number 918. 10 credit points.