Activities carried out:
Integrated soil fertility management strategies
Agri-livestock integrated management
Post-harvest management strategies to avoid mycotoxin contamination
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Savanna Agriculture Research Institute (CSIR-SARI)
Kundok Development Consult (KDC)
Both KDC and CSIR - SARI are operating together in multiple FFRUs located in 3 regions: North-East, Northern, Upper East. Their activities include:
Storage methods and structures for groundnuts.
Organic and inorganic fertilizers to enhance soil fertility.
Improved Frafra potato varieties.
Evaluation and selection of Fonio varieties and intercrops.
Testing of bio-pesticides.
FONIO - TECHNOLOGY TESTED: identification of elite climate-smart fonio landraces with high nutritional properties for release as varieties and promotion the cultivation and utilization of fonio outside the known cultivation areas.
FRA FRA POTATO - TECHNOLOGY TESTED: Demonstration fields of five improved varieties of Frafra potato were released by CSIR-SARI. The objective was to showcase these varieties to the farmers in the communities within the FFRUs and assess their preferences for the different varieties.
A series of Surveys has been deployed to Ghanian 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. KDC and CSIR-SARI have focused their activity on Land Recovery and intercropping.
KDC tested the following technological packages:
Effects of physical protection of soil by means of earth/stone bands on maize yield
Effects of the combined application of organic and inorganic fertilizers in cereals based cropping systems.
and CSIR-SARI investigated the following:
Effects of the use of organic and mineral fertilizers combined to soil preparation practices in cereal based cropping systems.
In Ghana, KDC and CSIR-SARI are conducting trials respectively on:
Fonio/legume intercropping system for soil fertility maintenance
Cassava and cowpea intercropping for improved land productivity and sustainable crop production
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 have 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:
Assessment of the effects of crop management practices on yield and aflatoxins incidence of maize
Assessment of the effects of crop management practices on yield and aflatoxins incidence of groundnut
Aflatoxin infestation in groundnuts as influenced by different storage structures/methods in Northern Ghana.