Evergreen agriculture and fertilizing trees (Tomorrow is Greener)

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Food risk in Africa, the solution: evergreen agriculture and fertilizing trees

Posted by dominique

It is a simple fact, report after report has proved the high level of food security risk in Africa. This risk will get worse in the coming decades without some big agricultural changes. Presenting high tech, high-cost and genetically-modified solutions sometimes pushed on Africa, Science Daily reports on the potential of evergreen agriculture and the use of fertilizer trees to increase the food production, in a low cost and environmental and sustainable way.

Before we get into the presentation, made at The Hague, that Science Daily discusses, let’s define some terms first. Evergreen agriculture is simply the combination of trees in farming systems (agroforestry) with the principles of conservation farming (disturbing the soil as little as possible, crop rotation to replenish the soil, and keep the soil covered with crop residue).


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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