This is a pilot rural development training and awareness project that is designed to promote sustainable soil conservation amongst small-holder farmers, and present alternative technology options that will reduce farmer reliance on the use of chemical fertiliser.
Work is taking place amongst small scale farmers in the Tandjoar and Oti districts of the Savannah region of Northern Togo.
The ultimate objective of this soil conservation project is to reduce by up to 50% the usage by small-scale farmers of chemical fertiliser – a costly drain on their limited incomes, and a long term drain on the soil quality of farmland.
Self Help Africa is working with farmers organisation OFIP to promote sustainable soil conservation practices amongst a pilot group of 200 small-scale farmers, and is training 15 ‘lead farmers’ to promote a range of activities, including greater use of compost, manure, crop rotation and other measures to nourish and conserve farm land.
The work is being undertaken in collaboration with local NGO Code Utile, farmer groups, OPIF and research institutes in Togo.