Regenerative agriculture

SAA considers the mainstreaming of Regenerative Agriculture (RA) as an important pillar of its new Strategic Plan (2021-2025). Environmentally, RA seeks to increase soil fertility by increasing soil microorganisms and sequestering carbon dioxide, so as to improve the physical structure of soils, increase water retention capacity, and reduce soil erosion and topsoil dispersal caused by strong winds.

Taking into consideration the various factors surrounding rural Africa, SAA aims to establish sustainable and robust agriculture which could address global environmental issues such as drought and soil degradation by combining CA (minimum tillage, mulching, crop diversification) and ISFM. This approach restores soil fertility while optimizing the application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and improves the agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers. It also helps reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emitted from agricultural land, ultimately helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.


A woman farmer hosting a demonstration plot for improved malt barley variety (Ethiopia)

Voices from the Field

Better agricultural practices enabled Henry to purchase a truck
Uganda
May.17.2021

“SAA has built my capacity, and I can now train fellow farmers” – A story about how good agricultural practices introduced by SAA improves livelihoods

Henry Sebyala, a father of five living in the Nakaseke district of Uganda, has seen his productivity and income increase as a result of Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) interventions.

Kiné Sogoba stands in her groundnut field in Dacoumani, Mali
Mali
February.26.2020

“ Because of the effects of climate change, all our old varieties are abandoned”

The village of Dacoumani in Mali, like all villages in the Sahel, has had to endure the drastic effects of climate change. Notably, Dacoumani has experienced the gradual disappearance of local genotypes and decline in crop yield due to unpredictable rainfall patterns. In order to address this issue, SAA’s office in Mali – SG 2000 Mali – implemented a Climate Smart Village (CSV) extension model in 2018, as part of the Crop Productivity Enhancement (CPE) theme. The model is implemented at the Post...

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