15/02/2018

Thanks to the FOREST project, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, in Mozambique we promote the adoption of agroecological techniques, and in particular of conservation agriculture, to counter the effects of climate change and reduce the impact of human activities on natural resources.

Conservation agriculture is a set of good practices for integrated management of soil, water and crops that is based on 4 main techniques:

  • Little or no soil handling / tillage
  • Ground cover with agricultural waste / cut leaves
  • Rotation and intercropping of crops
  • Ban on the use of chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides)

In these photos we see the machambas, or fields, of the 10 communities of the Province of Zambézia where we work.

300 farmers will improve cultivation methods thanks to these soil conservation techniques which, in addition to enriching and protecting the land, will produce diversified food and medicinal plants even during the dry season.

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The pineapple transplant phase
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Intercropping of pineapples (abacaxi), peanuts and sesbania (leguminous tree species)
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The machamba, the field, is preparing to bear fruit
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Mulch or ground cover
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Everything is ready for the transplanting of the cashew cuttings
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A machamba that produces peanuts, beans, pineapples, bananas and, one day, even cashews
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