Integrated crop-livestock farming systems



Intensifying maize production in integrated crop-livestock farming systems in northern Ghana


Total productivity of the small-scale mixed farming systems in northern Ghana is low due to weak integration of the crop and livestock enterprises.

Farmers tether sheep and goats on fallow land to recycle manure and urine for crops, but data on the effect of sheep and goat stocking density (SSD) on grain yield and soil properties in such systems is limited. The effect of SSD, maize planting density (MPD) and nitrogen (N) fertilizer level on grain yield was evaluated.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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