As it might be guessed from the name, land recovery focuses on the recovery of abandoned land that will be brought back into sustainable production. To do so, the partners of the EWA-BELT Project have been working to i) identify and map abandoned land through reconnaissance surveys aiming to collect and process soil management, cropping systems, and socio-economic data (characteristics of agricultural holdings, access to factors of production and the market, etc.); and ii) assess soil fertility traits in selected FFRUs with abandoned lands.
A common survey tool named “ST 2.2.1- Abandoned land reconnaissance survey” was developed by the partners of the project and implemented through the “Kobo toolbox” making it possible to collect the data using PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
A “Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF)” approach was used. Sites were selected for setting up runoff plot experiments for restoration of degraded land and testing of various cover crops and grass strips for controlling soil erosion. Soil profiles were excavated to describe and classify the types of soils. These results are expected to complement laboratory results on the physio-chemical properties of soil collected during the biophysical assessment and assessment of soil fertility traits in selected abandoned croplands.
Country Partner Research Areas
UNB, TARI, ICRAF
NM-AIST, TARI, ICRAF
Béréba, Dohun, Wakuy, Sara, Bondukuy, Kari/Kamandéa
Monduli and Arusha districts, Northern Tanzania