Appraisal of Local Farmers’ Practices on Land Management for a Guideline of Agricultural Development in the Sahel Zone of Niger

Hayashi, K and Abdoulaye, T and Matsunaga, R and Tobita, S (2012) Appraisal of Local Farmers’ Practices on Land Management for a Guideline of Agricultural Development in the Sahel Zone of Niger. JARQ - Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, 43 (1). pp. 63-69. ISSN 0021-3551

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In order to bridge a gap between research results and farmers’ needs for agricultural development in the Sahel, we made a study of traditional agricultural production systems derived from what we understood about indigenous knowledge (IK) of Sahelian farmers. The study was conducted in the western part of Niger, West Africa. IK was gathered from interviews among several villages of different generations. Then impartiality was verified. We obtained detailed information on land management and topographical features of farmland and devised a thorough local classification system. Statistical results showed that the obtained information was not significantly different among villages and generations. This result brought recognition that IK was a shared knowledge among local farmers in the study area. The study classified in detail a farmland that was directly or indirectly affected by household economy, the potential of natural resources like organic matter, and the relationship between agriculturalist and pastoralist. Understanding this context for soil fertility management at the village level makes it possible to assess the situation more appropriately than simply looking at actual practices, thereby helping to identify a problematic issue that concerns local farmers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cereal productions, farmers’ knowledge, farming system, organic matter management, sandy soil
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2012 12:44
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2012 12:44
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Acknowledgement: We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Pierre Hiernaux and Dr. Bruno Gerard, who provided valuable comments and advice during the study. Deep appreciations also go to all the villagers and chiefs of villages of Banizoumbou, Tchigo Tegui, and Ko Dey for their cooperation with our research survey. We are grateful to Mr. Amadou Sodja, who did the questionnaire and conducted the survey
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