The African Market Garden: An innovative system for irrigated vegetable production (Google / Science News)


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In drought-prone Sahel, scientists roll out innovative system for producing vegetables

by administrator on August 31, 2010

Accra, Ghana (1 September 2010) With a major famine unfolding in Niger and other countries of West Africa’s dry Sahelian region, an agricultural scientist speaking here today at the African Green Revolution Forum announced new progress in disseminating an innovative system for irrigated vegetable production, a valuable option in a region that is highly dependent on subsistence rainfed cropping.

Referred to as the African Market Garden, the new system will be implemented with about 7,000 small-scale farmers at 100 locations in Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal, with the aim of extending the success of 3,000 gardens already established in countries of the Sahel during recent years. Support for the expansion comes from the governments of Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the USA…

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