Cover Crops in West Africa: Contributing to Sustainable Agriculture

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International Development Research Centre


This publication focuses on the potential of cover crops to maintain and improve soil fertility in SSA. Often in isolation, African researchers have experimented with cover cropping, but the results have not been readily accessible to colleagues and farmers. This book documents past experience with cover crops in Africa, and IDRC hopes it will stimulate future research on socioeconomic and biophysical aspects of this important topic. IDRC anticipates that cover cropping, along with an appropriate mix of other relevant technologies and policies, will eventually lead to improved soil productivity in a number of farming systems.


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Soil degradation, Green manure crops, Soil management, Soil organic matter, Soil fertility, Cover cropping, Ecosystem Farm/Enterprise Scale