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Title:Neem in Niger: a new context for a system of indigenous knowledge
Editors:Radcliffe, Edward B.
Ouedraogo, Gregoire
Patten, Sonia E.ISNI
Book title:The cultural dimension of development: indigenous knowledge systems
Geographic term:Niger
indigenous technology
Abstract:In 1987 a project was initiated in Niger whose objective was to examine the utility of a locally available natural insecticide, viz. 'neem' kernel extract, to protect pearl millet and sorghum against grasshoppers and locusts. The project was undertaken as a cooperative venture between the University of Minnesota and AFGRO (Agency to Facilitate the Growth of Rural Organisations). In this article, the scientists involved in this project elaborate on the execution of the project, the results and findings. They start with a description of the characteristics of the study zone (Tera Region in the west of Niger), paying attention to, amongst others, types of soil and crops, farming techniques, and land access and distribution. Then they describe the problems involved in growing 'neem' trees and in the production of 'neem' kernel extract. Finally, they analyse the results of three experiments done in 1987 and 1988 in different areas and during different seasons. The conclusion is that 'neem' kernel extract as a locally available crop protectant has great potential. Notes, ref.