See how it's done!
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CTA. 1993. See how it's done!. Spore 44. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Building on traditions - conserving land and alleviating poverty 30 minute video available from IFAD, 107 Via del Serafico 00142 Rome, ITALY
In 1986 the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a special programme for sub-Saharan Africa to help farmers develop sustainable land use systems which are more resilient to environmental stress. One means of achieving this is through programmes with a strong soil and water conservation component. IFAD has now made a video which shows hasic soil and water conservation techniques that are in use in three countries, Burkina Faso, Lesotho and Niger. A project launched under IFAD's special programme in Burkina Faso involves farmers in planting trees and building stone bunds along contour lines. Where this technique has been used, degraded land has been brought back into production and where existing fields have benefitted from the bunds, yields of sorghum have increased by about 40 per cent. Under the Machobane system in Lesotho, a mixture of crops are grown and relay planting spreads the crops throughout the year. This helps to minimize losses in times of drought. The soil and water conservation programme in Nigeria as introduced a water harvesting technology called demi-lunes (half moon). These are dug in barren soil and manure is placed in them. They are then sown with perennial grass seed and catch the rain that previously ran off. Results have been spectacular and lush grass now grows on land that was previously barren. Building on traditions - conserving land and alleviating poverty 30 minute video available from IFAD, 107 Via del Serafico 00142 Rome, ITALY