Synecoculture (synecological farming) project


Par: Masatoshi Funabashi

Organization: Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

Location: Burkina Faso and Japan

Published: 27 June 2018

Photo: Installation of synecoculture farm in Burkina Faso © Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

Summary: We constructed a novel method of market gardening: Synecoculture, based on the high-density mixed association of edible plants without the application of tillage, fertilizer, and chemicals. We introduced a high crop diversity (200 species, 700 varieties in 1000㎡) for year-round sustainable harvests. This was shown to strengthen food security, nutrition profile, soil quality, cost efficiency, climate adaptation and field biodiversity. In Japan, 2- to 4-fold productivity was attained compared to conventional method. In Burkina Faso, 40- to 150-fold productivity and 10-fold cost-effectiveness was realized in the arid tropic region. Linear extrapolation of the result shows a strategic propagation of synecoculture could lift the entire population of Burkina Faso above the poverty threshold, and substantial achievement of Aichi biodiversity targets.

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