A person stands in a muddy area, planting young mangrove trees.

Many farmers in coastal Sierra Leone cultivate rice as their staple food. In doing that, they clear land including mangrove forests to make way for their rice farms. Unfortunately, this has a counterproductive effect as the water during high tides overwhelms the rice farms and destroys these crops. WA BiCC introduced this new approach called "rice-mangrove integration" where mangrove plants are replanted around the rice farms to protect the rice crops from overwhelming amounts of water. These mangrove forests also serve as spawning grounds for fish, oysters, and other aquatic species, increasing food security in these communities, including Bonthe in coastal Sierra Leone.

Using rice-mangrove integration to increase food security

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Copyright © 2019 Edudzi Nyomi

Country Sierra Leone
Topics Adaptation, Food Security and Agriculture, Natural Resource Management

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