Kelly Smith wrote:hi musa
can you tell me a bit more about your location?
whats the temperature range (high and low), and what is the elevation and rainfall?
my 1 suggestion from the pictures: it appears that you need a good ground cover to help hold any moisture in the soil
Michael Cox wrote:Wow... Looks tough. Can you give some more info? Acres, climate, livestock etc...?
Michael Cox wrote:If cattle are an option I'd be looking at Allan Savoury's work on Holistic Management. You still haven't said what size area you are working on.
S Bengi wrote:Do not try to harvest that land for at least 3 years.
Focus on just 1 or 2 acres only.
Plant only the native "invasive" plants until you get as much ground cover/shade as possible.
Plant a native nitrogen fixer/legume/bean+pea family.
If you can get someone to dump newspaper/cardboard/leaves/straw to your property pay to have them do it.
If possible get some fungal spores that are adopted for your area
It seems that you do get a good amount of rain you just have to save it
musa sani wrote:
But I planned to make a compost with leaves and and staw I could get,because of the difficulty to keep away other people cattle from it.
I will try to make as much as I can.
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Hi Musa!
I live in a hot, dry climate here in Phoenix, Arizona. I have also lived in Kenya, Somalia and Lesotho.
First of all, I want to congratulate you on taking up this task!
Here are some resources that may help you - some of them are happening close to you:
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration: http://fmnrhub.com.au/
Niger has had some fabulous success with reclaiming desertified lands with FMNR:
Zai Pits and the story of Yacouba Sawadogo - the "Man who Stopped the Desert"
How to build Zai Pits: http://en.howtopedia.org/wiki/How_to_Start_Culture_in_Zai_Holes
Brett Andrzejewski wrote:Hello Musa,
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Hi Musa - I thought that you would find those inspirational! Some of the most important and successful work in rehabilitating large degraded landscapes is happening in Africa. I think that those involved in that work have no idea how inspirational they are to the rest of the world. We're watching with interest and we're following your lead.
Please keep us involved in your work and post pictures as you can.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:
Michael Cox wrote:Jennifer's tip for managed regeneration is a great one. You may already have established root systems in place in your soil, just waiting for another chance to become a tree. You will need to be able to protect your regenerating trees at least until their canopy is out of browse range. Do you have a need/market for stick wood for fuel in your area? This could be another valuable crop product while sheltering your main crops.
Cooking stoves that make biochar might be a good investment to use the fuel wood efficiently and make some additional soil supplement for you.
Two acres isn't too large to consider digging Swales by hand as well - the more water you can hold and sink into your soil the better. You can mark out contours using an a-frame and "walking" it across the land. Even better if you could talk to you neighbours and see if some of them are interested in a larger scale project which could benefit all of you.
The Al Baydha project is an example of a community effort to restore awhile water catchment in an extreme desert environment. Your challenges are a little different as they had very very low rainfall, but a broad scale approach to the whole landscape could benefit everyone.