Conservation Agriculture

The Hide Community Trust has trained community members in Conservation Agriculture in order to generate higher crop yields, improve food and nutrition security and to ensure long-term conservation and protection of the natural resource base.

The principles of Conservation Agriculture encourage farmers to grow crops using minimum tillage, planting basins to catch rainwater and mulching to improve soil health. Farmers use approximately 1 hectare of land to grow trees, traditional staple grains, vegetables and medicinal herbs. They are able to grow crops and vegetables that will provide food for a family of 10 for an entire year, as well as have surplus produce to sell. The trees provide fodder for livestock, wood for cooking and building and at the same time fix nitrogen into the soil. Furthermore, many of the indigenous trees provide both fruit and medicinal benefits.