A Learning & Observatory Network For Shrub-Based Farming in West Africa

 
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Who are we?

The Agro-Shrub Alliance provides on-farm research and technical training on shrub-based farming to smallholder farming families across the West African Sahel.

 
 
 
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Shrub-Based Farming

involves increasing the number of indigenous shrubs in farmers’ fields considerably, and incorporating pruned shrub residue into the soil. This results in significantly improved yields and regenerated landscapes.

 

 

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How to Manage Indigenous Shrubs for
Improved Yields and Soil Health

 
 
 
 
 
 

Using Local Resources to Improve Food Security

 

 
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Elegant and simple solution for the ecological and food security challenges of the Sahel using two native shrubs found from Senegal to Chad.

 
 
 
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Guiera senegalensis

Guiera senegalensis, pictured left, is native to the northern regions of the Sahel where:

The average annual rainfall is 300mm

The average annual temperature is 3°c.

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Piliostigma Reticulatum

Piliostigma Reticulatum, pictured right, is native
to the southern regions of the Sahel where:

The average annual rainfall is 750mm per year

The average annual temperature is 32°c.

 
 
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Distribution of Guiera Senegalensis and
Piliostigma Reticulatum

 
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Benefits of Shrub-Based Farming

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Bio-Irrigation

Deep tap roots lift water from the wet subsoil to the surface (hydraulic lift) where it is released to surrounding crops.

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Better Soil

Shrub intercropping results in increased water holding capacity, soil organic matter and the overall soil health.

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Assists Food Crops

The shrubs do not compete with crops and they help to create microbial diversity and nutrient availability.

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Improved Yields

This system helps to decrease the days to crop maturity by 15 days.

 
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