Conservation agriculture

Climate Smart Agriculture

  Climate Smart agriculture, also called Conservation farming is a no till approach.  No plough is used to till the soil.  The lack of tilling maintains soil particle size meaning that more water can infiltrate deeper.  This, with the extra organic matter added to the soil makes farms more resistant to drought, and also to erosion. Soils contain carbon dioxide and extensive ploughing or hand-tilling releases all this carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increasing greenhouse gas emissions. In ‘Conservation Farming’ permanent [...]

Biochar Action sheet now available in french

The FAO estimates that 2.4 billion people depend on wood energy for cooking and heating.  In African countries the proportion of people using wood fuels as a main or only source of energy can be startling. Ninety percent of the population in Sierra Leone are estimated to rely on charcoal or firewood for energy, and 85% in Mali. In Madagascar, Senegal, Chad and Niger, the figures are similar.  In urban areas the trend is from wood towards charcoal.  Charcoal stoves are [...]

‘PERMACULTURE’ providing for our families, protecting nature.

Our lockdown VOCAB for this week is 'PERMACULTURE' Now that schools and jobsites are closed and sources of income drying up, people across Africa are looking for ways to feed their families, some in desperation.  Those of you turning to your farms, vegetable gardens and orchards, any space and way to produce food, this post is especially for you. Permaculture is a way to grow more food for less – less cost, less space and less work. Permaculture works in the [...]