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Optimized Shrub System (OSS): An innovation for landscape regeneration and improved resilience for the peanut-basin of Senegal

Project Length: Four years

Budget: $349,937

This project aims to further refine the Optimized Shrub System (OSS) for peanut production in the Sahel.
Improved food and nutrition security, agroecosystem sustainability and resilience, and women’s empowerment is the expected outcome of this project.

1) We will pilot test OSS - increased shrub density from about 300 to 1,500 and annual incorporation of shrub residue - witth 60 farm households growing peanut in rotation with millet. 

2) Socio-economic, women's empowerment, and agronomic monitoring of the OSS this farmer-managed setting will take place.

3) Component research will be conducted to screen peanut varieties best adapted for OSS.

4) OSS field days and outreach campaings will be conducted. 

5) We will train one PhD and three MS students as change agents on the forefront of OSS scaling.

Principal Investigator
Richard P. Dick
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
dick.78@osu.edu

Co-PIs
Amanda Davey
The Ohio State University, International Programs in Agriculture, Columbus, OH, USA
davey.22@osu.edu

Ibrahima Diedhiou
University of Thies, Thies, Senegal
ibrahima_diedhiou2003@yahoo.fr

Mark Erbaugh
The Ohio State University, International Programs in Agriculture, Columbus, OH, USA
erbaugh.1@osu.edu

Issa Faye
ISRA/CNRA, Bambey, Senegal
issfaye2001@yahoo.fr

Alfred Kouly TINE
ISRA/CNRA, BP 53 Bambey, Senegal
aktine13@yahoo.fr

Idrissa Wade
University of Thies, Thies, Senegal
iwade@univ-Thies.sn

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