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Work package 4: Shrub based farming systems design

The main objective of work package 4 is to design locally adoptable CSL systems that can improve soil quality and productivity, food security and the resilience of farming systems to climate change. To achieve this, work package 4 will be responsible for managing:

  • participatory on-station and on-farm trials, and
  • clusters of farmer demonstration activities intended for enabling wider adoption

Outputs from initial activities of work package 2 and work package 3 will support the design of farming system innovations. While some activities will commence during the first cropping season, other activities will depend on the in-depth understanding of stakeholders' needs, opinions and knowledge as revealed in work package 2 and 3. Since the ultimate objective of this work package is to provide benefits of integrating soil, crops and livestock in order to improve the livelihood of farmers, work package's 2, 5, 6 and 7 will directly be involved in the implementation and evaluation. Work package 4 will deliver a list of suitable shrub species that can be integrated into arable fields as fodder sources, organic matter and nitrogen amendments, as well as a tools for erosion control and a sources of food. It will reveal crop, shrub, livestock systems' performance in terms of productivity and adaptability of shrub teams and crops, effects on soil quality and temperature, as well as competition for land, water and nutrients. 

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Contact

  • Dr. Hassna Founoune-Mboup: ISRA, Work package 4 leader
  • Dr. Harun Cicek: FiBL, Work package 4 co-lead