Category: <span>Crop yield</span>

More boreholes, less yield and more saline water

Joy Obando and Moses Muriuki The drylands support sparse settlements and agro-pastoralism which are the key factors that influence water development. In these environments, water is considered limited and intermittent. However, with the need to solve the challenges of water in these dryland environments, there is a tendency towards technical …

Protecting Cropland in Malawi

By Chengxiu Li  Cropland expansion has become a common strategy for boosting agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, cropland expansion is not a sustainable form of agricultural development due to the environmental concerns it raises and the limited arable land available. We do not have a comprehensive understanding of …

Understanding magnitude and variability of yield gaps in smallholder farming systems of sub-Saharan Africa

Driven by the need to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), BRECcIA researchers are undertaking research to model crop yield and yield gap of maize in SSA and to further understand drivers of productivity gap under different socio-economic and biophysical environment contexts. Understanding the drivers of poor productivity will …