Micro-doses of fertilizer increase yields in the Sahel

    | March 10, 2014

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    This week’s story from Niger presents evidence of the benefits of micro-dosing. Our script of the week continues the focus on micro-dosing, and is also set in Niger.

    Desertification is a major problem in Niger and other parts of the Sahel. Land degraded by the process of desertification results in poor yields and poor grazing, loss of farmland and rangeland, reduction or disappearance of forests, and serious economic difficulties for producers, herders, and the general population.

    A project called the Desert Margins Program (DMP) studied farming practices which enhance food security and alleviate poverty through halting or reversing desertification.

    This script focuses on a DMP project which used micro-doses of fertilizer to increase crop yields in Niger.