Why Napier grass needs to be put in focus
Author: Arrey Mbongaya Ivo (Director)
African Centre for Community and Development
Traditional livestock systems and pastoral nomadism in Africa are facing grave challenges including diminishing range lands, climate change, desertification, human activities including the planting of monocrops, slash and burn practices and general poor management of grazing land. These challenges when merged to the scarcity engineered by minimal engagements from growing sub-populations in fields related to livestock rearing and agriculture, the situation becomes even more dire hence arguing for the need for a system that can guarantee animal food alongside traditional human agricultural systems in a viable agro-forestry or conservation agricultural dimension. This article holds that Napier grass stand out as a viable plant species that can be grown alongside other crops in order to achieve food security and improved income generation among sub-populations in Africa also known to facing high levels of poverty (Hall and Midgley, 2004).