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Green Cohesive Agricultural
Resource Management WEBSOC

Project description

WEBSOC wants to promote growth and employment through research on green, cohesive Water, Energy-from-Biomass, Soil, Organics, and Crop agricultural management strategies in Ghana, as present agricultural development depends on deforestation and show little or no increase in productivity per unit of land. WEBSOC is intended to intensify agriculture to create jobs in poor rural areas. Read more... 

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Biochar amended plots, Keta Sand spit, January 2015. Foto: Fauziatu Ahmed

First WEBSOC Field Experiment on Biochar Completed

The Keta Sand spit is Ghana’s most important area for production of vegetables, especially shallots. Irrigation has been practiced for many years and dry season farming is totally dependent on it. However, overexploitation of groundwater has resulted in salt water intrusion into irrigation wells.

Our previous experiments with biochar have shown that biochar may lower the salt concentration in soils due to its cation exchange capacity. As shallots are very sensitive to salt stress we therefore investigate if biochar may ameliorate soil salinity and improve yields of shallot under field conditions at Keta. First season was completed in April 2015.

July 2015

Maize Pot Experiments on Biochar and Irrigation Ongoing at Three Sites

The pot experiments at Kade and Cape Coast in Ghana and Foulum in Denmark will generate new knowledge that will be tested in subsequent field experiments. We want to improve the soils’ water holding capacity and rooting depth as well as the availability of fertilizer phosphate to plants. It is expected that the information generated from this research will provide sustainable solutions to farmers. The potential water saving and yield increase in both Ghanaian and Danish agriculture constitutes a sustainable solution because it is expected to lower nitrogen emissions and increase carbon sequestration at the same time.

July 2015

WEBSOC Solar Irrigation Technology

Irrigation can increase the number of crops per year from 1-2 to 3-4 in Ghana and thus is a crucial factor for food security and increasing income in agriculture.

WEBSOC has developed a fully automated, solar driven irrigation system with in-build capacity to schedule watering when the crops need it.

“Our system is targeting small farmers so we try to keep the cost as low as 1.5 GHS per sqm. As both too little and too much water decreases yield, the in-build scheduling as well as the uniformity of water distribution, which varies less than 10 %, is important“ says Dr Eric Danso, who is the agricultural engineer developing the system at University of Ghana. The system is now ready to be deployed in farmers’ fields for the phase II trials.

July, 2015

Financing

The project period is 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2018 and the project is funded by Danida Fellowship Centre.


Meetings

Annual meeting 2015

Annual meeting was held 26 - 28 January 2015 at University of Cape Coast.

Kick-off meeting 2014

The kick-off meeting took place at University of Ghana and at University of Cape Coast 27 - 31 January 2014.

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Revised 2015.07.09