Green Technology for Land and Water Conservation in Farmers’ Fields

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  • DATE / TIME :
    2013•04•10    10:00 - 11:30
    Location :
    Accra

    UNU-INRA Seminar: “Green Technology for Land and Water Conservation in Farmers’ Fields”

    Soil and water conservation by vetiver grass is a cost-effective green technology that can address African farmers’ ecological problems through protecting farmlands on steep slopes. This is particularly important as more slopes are converted to agricultural lands due to increase in population density and poverty.

    This seminar introduces a study that focuses on soil erosion as one of the main deterrents of agricultural productivity hence food security. Unlike other technologies, vetiver grass contributes to livelihood of the farmers by providing raw material for house thatching, handicrafts and fodder for livestock during lean seasons. The research investigated the contribution of vetiver grass to enhancing soil productivity by examining the desired width of planting area between the strips of the grasses. Desired output is to find optimal strip width for increases in soil productivity and farmers’ preferences for space management.

    This seminar is the 13th of the UNU-INRA  Academic and Research Seminar Series for the  2012/2013 academic year. Effiom Oku, a soil physicist will present his initial ideas about a project to be implemented in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

    About the Presenter

    Effiom Oku has a PhD in Soil Physics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a research fellow at UNU-INRA. He has 12 years of teaching experience in applied soil physics at graduate level. His main research is land degradation and amelioration.

    The seminar is in English. Admission is free.

  • Second Floor
    International House, Annie Jaigge Road
    University of Ghana
    Legon, Accra, Ghana

    +233-54-490-5484
    oku@inra.unu.edu

  • United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources Africa (UNU-INRA)
    Second Floor
    International House, Annie Jaigge Road
    University of Ghana
    Legon, Accra, Ghana

    Private Mail Bag
    Kotoka International Airport
    Accra, Ghana

    Email: inra@unu.edu or unuinra@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.inra.unu.edu