This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7446: Shortened bush-fallow rotations for
sustainable livelihoods in Ghana.
A participatory process in Ghana is developing technologies with key
input from end users. Participatory technology development (PTD) is
helping to convert current land use—based on growing crops in rotation
with bush-fallow—into more productive systems. The PTD method
incorporates farmers' local ecological knowledge about fallows into
designs that fit in with local tenure rules and farming practices. It's
also behind two pilot decision-support tools. These garner locally
appropriate information, to improve the way fallows are managed in West
and Central Africa, and to produce custom extension materials that aim
to boost yields in cocoa-based farming systems. The PTD method is
currently being used in Ghana, while the decision-support tools (that
are available from several websites) are used internationally, including
in the West Indies, Venezuela and Mali.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (18 pp.) taken from the CD.
NRSP20, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 122.