Biofertilization and Bioirrigation for sustainable mixed cropping of pigeon pea and finger millet (BIOFI)

Finger millet and pigeon pea are widely grown in India, particularly by marginal farmers. BIOFI aims to optimize such rainfed mixed-culture schemes using bio-irrigation and bio-fertilization (boosting yields, improving nutritional quality).

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Systèmes de production agricole économes en ressources
  • Champ de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Durée (prévue) 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2016
  • Responsable du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Direction du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Équipe du projet Pia Fehle
    Urs Egger
    Alessandra Giuliani
    Dominic Blättler
    Urs Scheidegger
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH Bharathiar University
    FIBL
    ICRISAT
    Institute of Botany, Uni Basel
    ISCB, EPFL
    MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
    Pondicherry University
  • Partenaires - secteur public Small Millets, GKVK Bangalore
  • Mots-clés India, pigeon pea, finger millet, intercropping system, bio-irrigation, bio-fertilization

Contexte initial

BIOFI combines biotechnology and socio-economic research. Biotech uses arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) as "biofertilizers" central to the hydraulic lift ("bioirrigation"). Socio-economic groups aim to better understand local farming and seed systems, intercropping patterns, farmers’ decision making and the bio-inputs market (incl. "eco-enterprises"). Ecological and economic assessment of biofertilizer production/application.

But

The aim of the project BIOFI is the development and implementation of an environmentally, economically and socially improved finger millet and pigeon pea intercropping system for arid/semi-arid zones, using bio-inoculants and bio-irrigation

Compétences clés

On part of HAFL staff, BIOFI involves agronomic and socio-economic research competences (e.g. survey design, on-farm trials, market analysis) with a strong emphasis on methods and research in a multi- and transdisciplinary setting.