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ORM4Soil organizes farmer field schools in Mali

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Around 50 farmers participated in field schools (FFS) during October in the regions of Sikasso and Mafeya, Mali. The FFS events brought together farmers, researchers, extensionists and other stakeholders under the topic of the use of local organic resources as a way to increase soil fertility, with a focus on ORM4Soil's experience in Mali.

Different ORM4Soil farm trials were visited by the groups, where it was possible to show the benefits of the use of the plant Gliricidia sepium in the fields. Unknown to many, the participants learned more about gliricidia and the advantages of intercropping it with usual crops, as a strategy to add nitrogen to the soil while generating biomass for mulch and protein-rich animal feed.