Benefits of integrated soil fertility and water management in semi-arid West Africa: an example study in Burkina Faso

@article{Zougmor2008BenefitsOI,
  title={Benefits of integrated soil fertility and water management in semi-arid West Africa: an example study in Burkina Faso},
  author={Robert B. Zougmor{\'e} and Abdoulaye Mando and Leo Stroosnijder},
  journal={Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems},
  year={2008},
  volume={88},
  pages={17-27}
}
The synergistic effect of soil and water conservation (SWC) measures (stone rows or grass strips) and nutrient inputs (organic or mineral nutrient sources) was studied at Saria station, Burkina Faso. The reduction in runoff was 59% in plots with barriers alone, but reached 67% in plots with barriers + mineral N and 84% in plots with barriers + organic N, as compared with the control plots. Plots with no SWC measure lost huge amounts of soil (3 t ha−1) and nutrients. Annual losses from eroded… CONTINUE READING