Promoting Soil fertility

June 20, 2017

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Sierra Leone

Promoting Soil fertility

About the Implementing organization

Name: Mabohanday Development Organization

Country: Sierra Leone

Year of establishment: 2006

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization

Description

The project has promoted soil fertility by planting leguminous plants (for nitrogen fixing) and fast growing economic trees to prevent loss of land cover and soil erosion. This activity has gone a long way in addressing poor yield as a result of over cultivation of land which normally results in a greater emission of different greenhouse gases and less soil fertility for productivity. It has accelerated agroecology programmes that include conservation of genetic resources especially appropriate varieties of tree species that will promote carbon sink. The introduction of climate smart agriculture and agro-ecological innovative farming has contributed to the avoidance of slash and burn farming.

Nature Element

Forests

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

The cultivation of forest and woodland for upland rice farming has reduced by almost 30% and the majority of the farmers are now engaged in Inland Valley Swamp cultivation in five (5) locations for production of rice and improved yield.
• 333 hectares of community land has been plotted and conserved for community forestry.
• 8,200 Moringa plants, 8150 Cashew nuts plants and 4,100 Palm oil trees have been planted in the community conservation area plot with.
• one week training was conducted for 125 farmers from 5 communities. These participants now have better information about environmental protection and climate change. The awareness training has saved 625 acres of farm land ( usually 5 acres is cultivated per participant for rice production).

Sustainable Development Impacts

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of Climate Change (Goal 13), Life on Land (Goal 14)
Zero Hunger (Goal 2) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 3).

The project will seek to address poverty and livelihood issues within the context of sustainable environment protection and management by implementing initiatives such as climate-smart agriculture that will support farming families to learn appropriate techniques in agriculture. The initiative supports the establishment of vegetable gardens and Inland Valley Swamp and community forestry which help to conserve the soil nutrient at the same time provide an opportunity for improving productivity. The higher productivity will ensure that the farmers have enough to eat and to sell for income generating. The project will further contribute to the empowerment of women and women organisations through expanded training on business, savings and loan schemes to ensure the protection of their communities from hunger and live improved lives.

Scalability

The initiative ensures that adequate nurseries are established in all the communities. The umbrella body will manage the nurseries and these will be replanted within a given acreage of land in each community. The nursery will serve as an outlet for scalability to other desiring communities to improve on the forest cover.

Replicability

The project will also build on success created by the implementation of similar programme with the Rural and Private Sector Development Project /World Bank & GoSl, IFAD support to tree crop expansion which the umbrella group has drawn series of lessons during the implementation of those funded support. The project will strengthen the ongoing support and collaboration received from the different government MDA’s such as Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), EPA, NPAA to name but few.

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