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 responsable Haute école des sciences agronomiques, forestières et alimentaires
  • Institut Systèmes de produc- tion agricole éco- nomes en ressources
  • Unité de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Organisation d'encouragement Autres
  • Durée 01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017
  • Responsable du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Direction du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Équipe du projet Urs Christoph Scheidegger
    Urs Egger
    Alessandra Giuliani
    Dominic Blättler
    Pia Clara Fehle
  • Partenaire Pondicherry University
    Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau FibL
    Bharathiar University
    Small Millets, GKVK Bangalore
    ICRISAT
    Institute of Botany, Uni Basel
    ISCB, EPFL
    MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
  • Mots-clés India, pigeon pea, finger millet, intercropping system, bio-irrigation, bio-fertilization

Situation

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

Approche

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.