Title: Niger-Chad: Is sustainable agriculture possible in the Sahel?
Summary & Comment: The Sahel continues to experience severe drought year after year. farmers and their families move to cities or elsewhere to find a livelihood. But some believe it is still possible to grow food with the right crops and techniques. “The Sahel has enormous potential – this is a very marginal food-growing environment, so we are forced to learn how this natural system works.” They look for the clues in nature, and practice agro-forestry, a traditional land-use system that combines trees or other woody perennials with crop and animal production in fertile wadis. JK
With drought conditions chronic in the Sahel, many farmers give up trying to grow crops and head to towns and cities to find work. In Chad many…
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