Sustainable agriculture in the Sahel (AfricaFiles)



 Title: Niger-Chad: Is sustainable agriculture possible in the Sahel?

Author: IRIN
Category: Food and Land
Date: 4/16/2012
Source: IRIN
Source Website: <>

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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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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