By Bernard Vanlauwe, Piet van Asten, Guy Blomme
The humid highlands in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are characterised by means of excessive inhabitants densities and require intensification. The Consortium for making improvements to Agriculture-based Livelihoods in critical Africa (CIALCA) has manage a examine for improvement platform in numerous mandate parts in DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, aiming to spot stronger construction, marketplace, and food suggestions and facilitating the entry for improvement companions to those techniques. This platform is supported by way of means construction, multi-stakeholder discussion, and tracking and overview efforts. The convention, facilitated by means of CIALCA, aimed to (i) take inventory of the state-of the artwork in agricultural intensification within the highlands of SSA and (ii) chart the future of agricultural learn for improvement within the humid highlands of SSA, and extra particularly within the lately introduced Humidtropics Consortium study Programme, via keynote, oral and poster displays, and strategic panel discussions.
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On the other hand, a large proportion of the cultivated lands in Kakamega depend on hand weeding for weed control. Manure application for managing soil fertility was very limited in the two Ethiopian sites as cow dung was one of the sources of energy for cooking food. 24 M. Kindu et al. Composition of feed intake by ruminants (%) 100 Kobo Nekemte Kakamega 80 60 40 20 0 Green fodder Dry fodder Grazing range lands Concentrates Fig. 2 Use of dry season livestock feed sources in the three sites in East Africa Dry fodder (crop residues + stubble grazing) constituted 99 % of ruminant dry season feed intake in Kobo and green fodder (Napier grass + crop residues) constituted 78 % in Kakamega (Fig.