Sustainable agricultural development under saline conditions
and climate change impact
Delphy (lead), The Salt Doctors, University of Khartoum
1 year, 2022
In recent years Sudan is beginning to experience the effects of climate change. Rainfall, key for open field cultivation, is becoming less predictable. Temperatures are expected to rise. Water availability is reduced, and will continue in the future as well.
Khartoum University experience a lack of knowledge and expertise regarding solutions required to transform the current agricultural practices towards more sustainable ways of growing food. The staff is aware of the potential of novel forms of agriculture, but do not have the right knowledge available to teach students on these topics.
The TMT will strengthen the capacities and skills of our teachers to improve the employability of our graduates and contribute to the overall development in Sudan.
To have the right knowledge and skills, we would need training on the following aspects:
- Crop and variety choice
- Soil amendments
- Measuring and determining salinity in soil and water
- Role of irrigation and drainage regarding salinity
- Best practices for dealing with salinity
- Effects of climate change on agriculture (especially length of the growing season)
- Successful case studies regarding Climate-Smart Agriculture
- Water-saving practices
- Role of soil organic matter in sustainable agriculture
- Improving soils for future generations
Open field cultivation:
- Integrated pest management (IPM)
- Crop/plant disease detection, monitoring, and assessment
- Weed management
- Business models
- Financial tools