Integrated Nutrient and Water Management for Sustainable Food Production in the Sahel (CIFSRF)

In the Sahel, agricultural production is strictly limited by drought and low soil fertility. In 2005 and 2010, these two factors led to food scarcity in Niger. However, innovative technologies such as microdose fertilization combined with rainwater catchment could improve soil fertility and moisture, thereby increasing crop yields.

Microdosage is the addition of small amounts of fertilizer to plants at the time of seeding or after germination. Even though this technology can increase yields by up to 120%, only 5% of producers in the Sahel use it. This low rate of adoption is due to inability to buy inputs, weak policy support and insufficient investment in agricultural services, including extension.

This project - supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a joint program of IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) - will identify the appropriate means of microcredit for promoting microdosage, examine the social and political factors that influence food security, and evaluate the long-term effects of microdosage and rainwater collection on the dynamics of nutrient cycling and groundwater in monoculture and intercropped systems in the Sahel.

Project ID

106516

Project status

Active

Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

End Date

Monday, September 1, 2014

Duration

42 months

IDRC Officer

Butare, Innocent

Total funding

CA$ 1,675,091

Country(s)

Africa, Burkina Faso, South of Sahara, Benin, Mali, Niger

Project Leader

MOHAMED NASSER BACO

Institution

Université de Parakou

Institution Country

Benin

Institution Website

http://www.up.bj/

Project Leader

ABDOULAYE MOUHAMADOU

Institution

Institut national de recherches agronomiques du Niger

Institution Country

Niger

Project Leader

Badiori OUATTARA

Institution

Institut de l'environnement et de recherches agricoles

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Project Leader

BOUTOUT LY

Institution

Institut d'économie rurale

Institution Country

Mali

Institution Website

http://www.ier.ml

Project Leader

DERECK PEAK

Project Leader

ANTHONY KIMARO (Inactif - remplacé)

Institution

University of Saskatchewan

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.usask.ca