|Author:||Zougmoré, R. B.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Loss of water and nutrients through runoff are major agriculture problems for inherent poor fertile soils in semiarid West Africa. The intensification of crop production requires an integration of soil, water and nutrient management that is locally acceptable and beneficial for smallholder farmers. To that end, two semi-permeable soil and water conservation measures (stone rows, grass strips) and two nitrogen inputs (compost, urea) applied alone or in combination were studied on the Central Plateau of Burkina Faso. Stone rows greatly reduced runoff and soil erosion, and improved soil moisture. Under unfertilized continuous sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) cropping, stone rows induced limited effect on soil fertility improvement. During erratic rainfall years in the Sahelian zone, stone rows alone doubled sorghum yield compared to plots without stone rows and therefore, can reduce risks of crop failure. During well-distributed rainfall years, stone rows alone did not induce significant yield increase. Grass strips of Andropogon gayanus was also an efficient anti-erosion measure and could be an interesting alternative to stone rows, especially in stone-limiting areas. However, A. gayanus grass must be managed properly to alleviate shading and other effects of competition on crops near to the strips. The sole applications of compost or urea improved nutrient uptake and crop biomass production that subsequently demands more available water for transpiration. Combining stone rows or grass strips with compost in intensified crop production systems resulted into substantial crop yields and economic benefits. This integrated water and nutrient management may help to alleviate poverty and may empower smallholder farmers to invest in soil management for better crop production in West Africa.
biomass production, composts, continuous cropping, cropyield, cropping systems, economic analysis, erosion, erosion control,geological sedimentation, grass strips, nutrient uptake, plantnutrition, plant water relations, poverty, rain, runoff, ruraldevelopment, small farms, soil amendments, soil conservation, soilfertility, soil water content, transpiration, tropics, urea, useefficiency, water conservation, water management, water requirements,Burkina Faso, Andropogon gayanus, Sorghum bicolor, Andropogon, Poaceae,Cyperales, monocotyledons, angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants,eukaryotes, Sorghum, West Africa, Africa South of Sahara, Africa, LeastDeveloped Countries, Developing Countries, ACP Countries, FrancophoneAfrica, Bourkina Fasso, monocropping, poverty alleviation, rainfall,sediment deposition, tropical countries, tropical zones, water resourcemanagement, Agricultural Economics (EE110), Income and Poverty (EE950),Forage and Fodder Crops (FF007) (New March 2000), Plant