Managed by Dr. Kofi Boa, Director of the Center for No-Till Agriculture in Ghana.
A five-year (2011-2015) research project funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Ghana Sustainable Ag project is being implemented in four different agro-ecological zones in Ghana— the Coastal Savanna, Forest, Forest-Savanna Transition and the Guinea Savanna. These four agro-ecological zones represent common growing conditions in West Africa. Two separate but related experiments will evaluate the effects of tillage, cropping systems and soil amendments (chemical fertilizer and compost) on soil physical and chemical properties, crop yield and nutrient status, and overall sustainability of crop production systems in the four agro-ecological zones.
The Ghana Sustainable Ag Project will provide a dataset on carbon dynamics and conservation systems in West Africa. Results are also expected to improve farm management such that soils can support sustainable cereal-legume production systems that are profitable and enhance food security.