Traditional Cropping Systems

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From polyculture to commercial agriculture

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  • Meet Ekene and Badr, they are both farmers in Africa that are part of a polyculture agriculture they grow bambara beans, sorghum, millet, cowpeas, egg plants
  • As-salamu alaykum
  • Wa alaykumu as-salam! The wet season is near.
  • “BUT ONE DAY ... European soldiers took over and changed everything. Instead of letting Ekene and Badr grow their own diverse food and sell to their neighbors, they started to be forced to grow a lot of one plant, which the invaders called monoculture.”
  • Here and the next scene are Ekene Jr and Badr-girl Jr. the great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandkids of Ekene and Badr.
  • Hey, there! Let me show you 9around my farm. I grow only corn here. I signed a contract with an international corn company; each time I sell the harvest to them. It’s not good business but it brings food to the table.  
  • On my farm, I grow a bunch of traditional crops like I plant simultaneously cassava, vegetables, beans and much more!
  • Similarity: Both the monoculture and polyculture systems are important to the African economy. They help generating revenue and create economic opportunities for the farmers. Differences: Monoculture was imposed by western powers and creates large harvest. Polyculture creates smaller harvest but allows crop diversity.  
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