Joy in Nigeria grows different types of crops using sustainable agricultural techniques taught by Tearfund partner Rurcon.

From: Farming for the future – Footsteps 110

Strategies farmers can use to maintain healthy ecosystems and productive farms

One of the main principles of conservation agriculture is permanent ground cover. This reduces the risk of soil erosion, keeps the soil moist and reduces the growth of weeds. 

To achieve this, a layer of vegetation can be added to the soil as a mulch, or the base of crops can be left in the fields after harvest. However, when food for animals is in short supply, they may be allowed to graze newly harvested fields or eat the vegetation that could be used as a mulch, leaving the fields bare. 

Below are some ideas for overcoming this problem. 

Neil Rowe-Miller is Agriculture and Livelihoods Technical Adviser (East Africa) for Tearfund and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 


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