An Iowa State University agronomy professor is using erosion control methods to restore the Sahel and Niger River in West Africa.
Sedimentation in the Niger River has decreased soil fertility and threatens the economic stability of the region.
West Africans look over the erosion control methods used to inhibit sediment pollution in the Niger River.
Andrew Manu, associate professor of soil science, has been working with the people of Niger to restore degraded lands in the Sahel, the region of West Africa that separates the Sahara Desert from the savannah. Land degradation is threatening the economic stability of the region. “There is hope in the Sahel,” Manu said. “We can restore the Sahel and make it work for the people.”
Manu will present his findings at the 2004 international annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.
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