SP 2 - Agronomy (WP 2)

To enhance farmers' income from crop production and to reduce pressure on the natural environment, this subproject tries to evaluate and implement options of intensive gardening based on a better coupling of pastoral livestock keeping and agriculture (recycling of ruminant manure) as well as on the use of locally available mineralization inhibitors and soil conditioners such as "Biochar" to improve soil chemical, physical and biological properties. The crop management options developed and tested with farmers, along with the specific procedures of researcher-farmer dialogue, will serve as a model for other semi-arid agro-ecosystems where common pool resource management prevails.