Strategic Dual Purpose Crops and Mobilization of Underutilized Plants as Part of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Published on 3 August 2011

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Start Date: 1 August 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2011


The primary aim of this project is to create a win-win-situation for landless rural poor and the environment by establishing long-term-regulations for land-use of abandoned, partly saline land with the Hakim (regional governor) and by identifying optimal groups of plants to increase forage production and to prevent desertification. The poor will plant alleys of fast growing shrubs (Kochia, Attriplex and Salsola) in pure stands or in combination as windbreakers alternating with strips of drought and salt tolerant dualpurpose- crops (e.g. sorghum, pearl millet). These green barriers will prevent loss of high endemic biodiversity in uphill areas. Additionally the multiplication and conservation of important medicinal and dyeing plants will be initiated. Thus an integrated agro-pastoralmodel will be developed as a strategic measure against desertification. The project will give deep insight on socio-economic capacity of such villages.

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