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Ecofarm research project – Kordofan region – Sudan

Traditional dry-land farming in western Sudan is the main source of livelihood for more than 75% of the population. The objectives of the Ecofarm Research Project (2007-2010) in Kordofan Region were to increase agricultural production and improve food security. Several crop and livestock technologies were tested to verify their suitability.
On-station and on-farm trials were carried out to study the effect of seed priming and micro-fertilization on pearl millet, sorghum, groundnut, sesame and cowpea. Results indicate that micro-fertilization and seed priming has the potential to improve productivity and food security. These technologies are simple, with low financial cost, low risk and affordable to resource-poor farmers.
Livestock research activities covered on-farm mineral saltlick supplementation trials on lactating goats and cows and strategic supplementary feeding on sheep using cowpea hay.