BURKINA FASO

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Partners

Activities 
carried out

NUS identified:

Integrated soil fertility management strategies

Agri-livestock integrated management

Traditional Knowledge

Post-harvest management strategies to avoid mycotoxin contamination

  1. INERA (Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research)

  2.  UNB (University of Nazi Boni)

  3. Fondazione ACRA

INERA and UNB

Focus on sustainable soil management and agri-livestock integration.

  Research on:

  • Strategies for integration.

  • Cotton-based crops, cereal-based crops and cotton-cereal cropping systems.

  • Soil management: minimum tillage, biochar, intercropping.

Fondazione ACRA

Focus on field participatory assessment of NUS and water and soil management.

Research on:

  • Fonio – assessment and soil management practices.

  • Millet – assessment.

  • Cowpea – assessment.

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  1. FONIO (Digitaria Exilis)

  2. PEARL MILLET (Cenchrus americanus)

  3. BAMBARA GROUNDNUT (Vigna subterranea)

TECHNOLOGY TESTED

Participatory on-farm testing of the selected varieties and most performing varieties identification.

The objective of this study is: 1) to test yield stability over time and steady income; 2) to guarantee access to new technologies and innovative techniques; 3) to provide possibility of access to credit for young farmers and women; 4) to promote the adoption of the agroecological approach (aimed at reducing environmental impact). 

A series of Surveys have been deployed to Burkina ​farmers to trace a general characterization of the farming systems in the project study areas and to draw a general overview of the current level of adoption of sustainable soil management practices. These practices include different methods of Soil Fertility Management as well as intercropping and conservation agricultural techniques.

SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT

In Burkina Faso, UNB and INERA are conducting the following trials: 

  1. Effects of fertilization on sorghum and maize yield in cotton-cereals based farming systems

  2. Effects of biochar and co-compost on soil carbon content in cotton cropping systems

INTERCROPPING

In Burkina Faso, UNB and INERA are conducting trials on the effects of compost and intercropping on soil properties, sorghum and cowpea productivity with the objective of assessing the efficiency of intercropping combined with manure applications on soil parameters and, sorghum and cowpea yields. The parameters to assess will concern the environmental, economic and productivity domains. 

Livestock feeding is an essential component for the completion of the human food chain. Considering the lack of sufficient feed resources available for this productive sector, it is fundamental to redesign and carry out within the FFRUs an integrated research of both livestock and agricultural productions embedding of suggestions coming from traditional knowledge (harvesting of cereals and grazing). For these reasons, a series of surveys has been conducted in the FFRUs to investigate if a new “Integrated Agricultural Approach” could be possible within the SI framework.

 

In order to identify and enhance a range of best practices used by farmers on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) and in order to allow comparisons and connections among different African countries, as a first step, a farmer survey was conducted in the project study areas. In this sub-task a validation of indigenous knowledge practices on crop protection with farmers in experimentation trials is foreseen.

The research activities concerning the post-harvest techniques is related to safe storage of harvest staple cereals, legumes and groundnuts to avoid spoilage or pest damage. In order to study sustainable solutions for the post-harvest management, experiments were conducted. In Particular:

  1. Evaluation of essential oil biopesticides efficacy in the control of insects in stored cereals and leguminous food products

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ACRA 

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INERA 

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