Recent Advances in the Use of Tithonia diversifolia Green Manure for Soil Fertility Management in Africa: A Review

DOI: 10.18805/ag.R-141    | Article Id: R-141 | Page : 256-263
Citation :- Recent Advances in the Use of Tithonia diversifolia Green Manure for Soil Fertility Management in Africa: A Review.Agricultural Reviews.2020.(41):256-263
P.A. Opala ptropala@yahoo.com
Address : Department of Soil Science, Maseno University, Kenya.
Submitted Date : 25-03-2020
Accepted Date : 24-07-2020

Abstract

Tithonia biomass transfer was presented as a technology that would replenish infertile soils, enhance food security and eradicate poverty in Africa in the 1990s. Since then, a huge volume of research has been conducted and the agronomic effectiveness of tithonia unequivocally demonstrated. Its reported effects on soil properties have however been inconsistent. This has made it difficult to develop a predictive understanding of the effects of tithonia on soil properties. Socio-economically, tithonia failed to live up to the hype on its ability to increase the farmers’ incomes. Adoption rates have been dismal mainly because of high labor costs associated with its use. Two decades later, poverty and food insecurity are still widespread in Africa despite the enormous research and extension efforts that were devoted to popularizing the technology.

Keywords

Adoption Socioeconomics Soil Tithonia research

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