Intercropping in upland Burundi, central Africa

Intercropping in upland Burundi, central Africa

Intercropping in upland Burundi. Banana, manioc, maize, amaranth, etc, are regularly intercropped by smallholders.  This is a traditional method of augmenting soil fertility and porosity, and of assuring seasonally appropriate crops. As well, problems of  brief, radical climate shifts are often ameliorated.

This photo shows an agronomist colleague identifying the different crops and soil types found within a plot, as part of a rapid appraisal of smallholders near Gitaga town in central Burundi.

These kinds of rapid assessments in which farmers, researchers and project workers  participate can be an excellent method of deriving focussed data for use both in research and project work.  Problems and possibilities as seen from the perspectives of the different actors (smallholder, researcher, project worker) can be readily assessed and then acted upon.


About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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5 Responses to Intercropping in upland Burundi, central Africa

  1. The Global Recipe Project charity cookbook is seeking recipes from Burundi. I hope you’ll consider! Details available at Happy Cooking! 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on Afroculinaria and commented:
    Another great post by Dianabuja 🙂


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