Conditions On the Ground

October 21, 2010 – Dr. Abdoulaye Mando, IFDC leader of Natural Resources Management, “sees the world from the ground up – a line of vision that is helping thousands of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.” Mando has been elected to be a member of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world.

“…Mando studies soil conditions in Africa to develop the best management options for farmers.

His research not only involves investigations into such matters as soil nutrient levels and erosion rates, but also includes computer modeling to determine how certain measures might improve soil conditions and lead to higher yields.

Such measures range from changes in farm practices – for example, a greater reliance on no-till and contour tilling – to purchases of new, higher yielding seed varieties. It’s all part of what Mando and other agricultural experts call ‘integrated soil and water management.’ His research has led to some 12 book chapters and more than 30 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

But Mando is interested in more than publications. At IFDC, he also leads efforts to coordinate programmes that put scientific knowledge to use on the ground to enhance crop yields. His activities take place not only in Togo but also in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda…”

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