Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 September 2017 at 06:47

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Soilcare provide solution on how to manage your soil fertility, soil testing and know what inputs to produce. Also by putting knowledge in the hands of  farmers and give them access to the knowledge from the experts. Through softwares they provide update about practical information of soil to farmers, the one thing you need to do is visit their website and learn more as instructed below.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 September 2017 at 06:04

Deepest Condolences for friends, colleagues and family members of the renowned Ethiopian Soil Scientist - Prof. Tekalign Mamo

We just learned that Prof. Tekalign Mamo passed away. It is a very sad news to bring to all members and partners of AgriProFocus Ethiopia. On behalf of our members and partners, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Here is a short profile of extracted from FAO:

Prof. Tekalign Mamo, a 1985 graduate in soil chemistry and fertility from Aberdeen University in Scotland, bears many mantles of a successful researcher, academician and leader. Prior to his current role as State Minister and Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, he has served as Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture (2005-2010), State Minister of Agriculture (2004-2005), Vice President of Haramaya University (2004), and senior researcher and Director of research (1985-1999).
He has published over 75 scientific papers and book chapt

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 28 August 2017 at 08:52

The significance of soils and soil science towards realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Article by Keesstra, S. D., Bouma, J., Wallinga, J., Tittonell, P., Smith, P., Cerdà, A., Montanarella, L., Quinton, J. N., Pachepsky, Y., van der Putten, W. H., Bardgett, R. D., Moolenaar, S., Mol, G., Jansen, B., and Fresco, L. O. Published 2016

This article was quoted today, at the start of the start of the Wageningen Soil Conference 2017, see blog post by chair Jacob Wallinga through this link:

Abstract. In this forum paper we discuss how soil scientists can help to reach the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the most effective manner. Soil science, as a land-related discipline, has important links to several of the SDGs, which are demonstrated through the functions of soils and the ecosystem services that are linked to those functions (see graphical abst

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Akibodé Djodji L'importance des sols et de la science des sols dans la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies  Article par Keesstra, SD, Bouma, J., Wallinga, J., Tittonell, P., Smith, P., Cerdà, A., Montanarella, L., Quinton, JN, Pachepsky, Y., van der Putten, WH , Bardgett, RD, Moolenaar, S., Mol, G., Jansen, B. et Fresco, LO Publié en 2016  Cet article a été cité aujourd'hui, au début du début de la Wageningen Soil Conference 2017, voir la publication du blog par la chaise Jacob Wallinga à travers ce lien:  Http://

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Enhancing agriculture practices

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  28 July 2017, All Day Event
  KEDA Field Centre, Njia’panda, Moshi, Tanzania [see attached map]

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography would like to engage directly with local businesses, individuals and public institutes in Tanzania, and in particular the Kilimanjaro region, around the broad theme of agricultural and environmental management.

The objective of this 1-day workshop is to initiate an exchange of knowledge on experiences in agricultural practices and environmental management in order to explore innovations for enhancing food production whilst preserving soil and water resources. Specific areas to explore are:

1) Pesticide and fertiliser application, transport within the soil and diffuse pollution of surface water

2) Nutrient quantification and diffuse pollution monitoring technologies

3) Soil physical structure and soil health under different tillage and management practices

4) Soil amendments

These areas are at the core of the University’s expertise focused around the themes of soil health, sediment dynamics and erosion, pl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:01

AgriProFocus Facilitates Mapping of Soil Fertility and Tree Seedling Value Chains

This quarter AgirProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia:  one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.

The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the by the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).

Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 April 2017 at 03:27

Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.

In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circul

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 April 2017 at 01:59

Wanda’s focus is on the most abundant natural resource we have, the soil. By bringing farmers, the very latest in bio-organic soil fertility technologies, Wanda enables them to produce more and better food than ever before, thus increasing profitability and family incomes, improving nutrition, creating new employment, developing rural economies, while restoring and strengthening the health of Africa’s soil.

#Organicfertilizer #biotech #soil

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Wanda, if you complete your organisational profile, you will be added to our database! Good luck!

5 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 March 2017 at 07:45

Call for Application: Geodata for Agriculture and Water

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)


The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.

Application period

Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.

Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers to

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Unlocking the Potential of Ethiopian Soils for the SDGs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  30 March 2017 - 09:00 to 31 March 2017 - 17:00
  EIAR, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Annual conference of the Ethiopian Society of Soil Science. Event open to old and first-time dues paying members.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 March 2017 at 09:53

Link Between Soil Fertility and Hay Yields

Blog by Anne Munene

Agriculture evolved and continues to evolve on the basis of man deliberately modifying nature to feed and economically sustain himself.

Modification of nature started with such benign acts such as planting seeds instead of waiting for natural seed dispersal and use of irrigation instead of relying on rain fed farming.

Against an increasing human population and diminishing natural resources, science has stepped in to advance modifications of nature with examples such as plant breeding instead of waiting for the Darwinian natural selection – which would eventually happen, only that it would take a very long time.

Other easy to identify modifications of nature are the use of green houses, intensive livestock feeding e.g. zero-grazing.

However, modification of nature without appropriate counter balances and safe guards can be a limiting factor in the advancement of agriculture. For example, while zero-grazing allows farmers to kee

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Janine Schoeman Hi Anne Munene, I have shared your blog on the platform. You can share your upcoming blogs this way in the future. Please use your entire blog or a part of your blog (with enough information to make it interesting to read) on the platform. You can use tags for the subjects of the blog and link to your website. If you have any questions about this please let me know or visit our page with FAQ: Kind Regards Janine

6 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Soil Management Network
Posted 4 February 2017 at 01:19

Monpellier Panel Report on Soils in Africa

About Ethiopian Soils it says the following:


Total land area:1.13million km2

Average fertiliser use:17 kg/ha

Degraded land area:26%

People affected: 21 million, equal to 29% of the population

Hotspot characteristics: high population pressure on land and forests, farming on steep slopes and frequent food crises caused by unreliable rainfall

Loss of topsoil: one billion tons annually

Soil productivity losses: at least 20% over the last century in large parts of the country


Soil erosion and nutrient loss from farming and grazing: $106 million

Deforestation: $23 million

Loss of livestock capacity: $10 million

Total: $139 million or equivalent to 4% of GDP

You can read the whole Montpellier Report here:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 19 December 2016 at 08:12

Hai, my name is Femke and I'm 16 years old. I'm making a report for school with three fellow students. Our report is about a project we came up with. By using a technique that's based on a process you see in nature, you can create a podzol layer under farmland. This a layer that is less permeable for water. This way farmers need less water for the same profit. But we're having some difficulties with the economic part of the project. So I contacted Unicef and they recommended that I go ask for help here. So here I am. I'm looking for someone that can answer some of our questions about the life on the countryside in developing countries. For example, about how the land is divided and if farmers rent a lot or they all have there own land. these are the kind of questions we're dealing with. For our project we're focussing on Burkina Faso. But if you know something about a different country that's kinda alike it would be very helpful as well. If you can help us, please contact me. 

Janine Schoeman Hi Femke, not sure if the posting in Ethiopia was with a certain intention but I have amended your post so it's posted in Mali, Niger and Benin as those countries border with Burkina Faso. Good Luck!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Tania Attiba Hi Femke, i think that we can help you in Benin.  Our contact is  : &

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 December 2016 at 10:22

New fertiliser plant in Ethiopia by OCP (investor from Morocco)

Article in Financial Times about a $3.7bn OCP investment from Morocco in Ethiopia.

Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates, the world’s largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country. 

OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.


Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 5 October 2016 at 09:46

Soil Health Insights from the 2015 Ethiopian Soil Campaign

This detailed report (available for download in the PDF attached) provides an overview of the major soil health concepts discussed during the 2015 Ethiopian Soil Campaign, techniques in soil management shared, and contacts for actors that shared knowledge and experience in different soil management practices during the campaign.

We hope that this report will serve as a basic reference for soil health concepts, and as a directory for contacting knowledgeable actors in different regions. With the help of this document, users might both improve their soil management work, and also to organize their efforts in greater synergy with other actors for greater collective impact in the area of soil health and fertility.

This publication was launched on September 30th, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources during a workshop designed to promote Biochar and Vermicomposting technologies, and to re-establish the Soil Platform out of w

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Nicole Metz Dear colleagues, Thank you for sharing. This is a very informative compilation of what the Ethiopian network did in the International Year of Soils. I recommend it's use as a reference on soil matters indeed. Also, anybody interested in organising a public awareness raising campaign in a country may be inspired by the variety of actions you organised as a network, last year. More relevant news on Soil Fertility, also to be used as reference on this website:

11 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:53

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to follow us on Twitter

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

11 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 3 October 2016 at 01:50

Book Release: Soils of the Ethiopian Highlands - Geomorphology and Properties by Dr. Eyasu Elias

This book presents soil characterization, classification and mapping, along with results of testing the new fertilizer blend formulae, in 30 high potential highland woredas selected for the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP). Resulting landscape-soil type characterization and maps published in this volume contribute towards the national effort of transforming the soil fertility sector of Ethiopia. The book has detailed chapters on the character of Ethiopia's most prevalent soils: Vertisols, Nitisols, Leptosols, Cambisols and Luvisols.

The book is the fruit of a Dutch-funded collaborative research project, ‘Capacity Building for Scaling Up of Evidence-Based Best Practices for Increased Agricultural Production in Ethiopia (CASCAPE for short). The book was launched officially on September 30th, 2016 at Harmony Hotel in Addis Abeba. To collect a copy of this special book, please contact Th

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Posted By in Soil Health Management
Posted 1 August 2016 at 10:53

Here is the soil organic carbon app, an online tool that can help users calculate soil’s capacity for sequestering, or containing, organic carbon:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 June 2016 at 10:01

Hi, I am George van Zijl, from South Africa. I specialize in soil mapping. With the technology of digital soil mapping we can map large areas of land much faster and cheaper than conventional methods. As soils differ, one needs to understand which properties of the soils enables different functions. Soil maps are needed to know where which soil functions can be performed where. Knowing this enables optimal sustainable crop production.

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 15 June 2016 at 12:06

Regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

Facts, myths, potentials and business opportunities

12-13 September 2016, Nairobi

The Fertile Grounds Initiative (FGI) in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform is organizing a workshop on “Composting for Sustainable Agriculture”, at CIAT, ICIPE Duduville Campus, Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya from 12-13 September 2016.

The Fertile Grounds Initiative closely partners with the Food and Business Knowledge Platform and CIAT to deliver a series of workshops on conditions for improved nutrient recycling in East Africa. The overall ambition is to develop viable pathways of change towards a circular nutrient economy. The objective of this series is to enhance knowledge and create awareness about the potentials of organic nutrient sources in terms of quality and quantity for sustainable agricultural intensification, and the role of stakeholders and conditions for last

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 April 2016 at 07:03

Dear APF Member, I would like to share this question with you:

Climate change is creating risks and opportunities for agriculture. Risks include yield and price volatility as well as pressure to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. With this respect, the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are promoting “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA), which includes practices that sequester carbon in soils and link it to developing soil carbon markets. On the other hand, manufacturing firms are given a license, which determines the permissible volume of carbon-dioxide emissions in to the atmosphere. 

Though, they seems two contradicting ideas:

How climate friendly they are (climate-smart agriculture =ensuring food security through climate friendly agriculture and Carbon Marketing= ensuring the industry operation by allowing them to buy a license to emit carbon dioxide) to securing climate sustainability?

Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Dear Shiferaw, No contradiction between the two. To check this please click the following link and read:

1 year 4 months ago

Shiferaw Mitiku Thanks Dear Wassie for the URL

1 year 3 months ago

Nicole Metz This FAO brief on the role of soils may also be useful as background information:

1 year 3 months ago

Nicole Metz Following my earlier comment, Mr. Shiferaw, thank you for your pertinent question. Technically, the answers provided by the references to UNFCCC and FAO above, may provide some background information. Politically, the possible contradiction you refer you, is certainly relevant: stakeholders participating in solutions to make agriculture more 'climate smart' still have very different interests, different views on solutions, and different strategies to influence decision making. If you are interested, you may want to find partners in the Ethiopia network to further discuss this?

1 year 3 months ago

Shiferaw Mitiku Thank You Very much Dear Nicole Metz and it is well appreciated !

1 year 3 months ago