Termites and mulch work together to rehabilitate soils

E. Ouédraogo, A. Mando, L. Brussaard

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In semi-arid areas such as the Sahelian zone of Africa, many soils have become severely degraded. One extreme form is the bare and crused soil, which is virtually productively "dead". In Burkina Faso, farmers have responded by applying mulch to attract termites that then help to rehabilitate the soil. A research project shows the importance of termites in breaking up hardened soil and increasing water infiltration. The land became productive enough to farm within months.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28
Number of pages1
JournalLEISA : ILEIA newsletter for low-external-input and sustainable agriculture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • soil fertility
  • soil structure
  • soil fauna
  • isoptera
  • mulching
  • tillage
  • burkina faso

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