Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 3 September 2018 at 05:33

Integrated Soil Fertility Management in crop production (video link).

Access Agriculture is an international NGO which showcases agricultural training videos in local languages. On their site you can see examples of videos, download them or order a DVD copy. The audio tracks can also be downloaded by radio stations.

The video category on ISFM consists of a set of soil fertility management practices that includes improved varieties, the use of fertilizer, organic inputs and knowledge of how to adapt these practices to local conditions.  Considerable livelihoods and land use improvements have been achieved through successful scaling up of a number of ISFM practices.

Mugisha Richard Thanks Wim, it is a nice video and i have found many more interesting and a must watch videos. 

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 September 2018 at 07:14

Heed warnings on soil fertility

In Summary

The issue: Soil fertility.

Our view: A policy on soil, if passed and implemented, would benefit both the farmers who want high yields, and would ensure that Uganda remains the land that feeds us.

On Wednesday, the ministry of Agriculture rang an alarm bell regarding the fertility of Uganda’s arable land. Findings showed that 21 percent of Uganda’s arable land is infertile. This means that the soil on this land cannot support plant growth. 

Read full article here to find out the worrying reasons based on the findings


Invitation to a workshop to launch a Soil Platform in RWANDA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  11 September 2018, 08:30-16:00
  Lemigo Hotel, Kigali

Dear all,

Warm greetings from Wageningen.
It is my pleasure to bring to your attention the ongoing preparations for a workshop to set up a stakeholder platform for soil fertility in Rwanda.
The workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at Lemigo Hotel.
I am sharing this update on behalf of SoilCares (now part of AgroCares), a leading Dutch AgriTech company based in Wageningen (Visit the company website for more information).

SoilCares has developed a technology to scan soils and immediately provide nutrients content and fertilizer recommendations based on the crop a farmer plans to grow on a particular season. Rwanda was one of the first countries to adopt this technology through partners such as ENAS and HollandGreenTech.

Myself being a Rwandan, I believe this technology could have an enormous impact on how fertilizer recommendation and soil fertility is conducted in our country, with positive impact on both financial and environmental outcomes.
I have attached the invitation t

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We deliver on-site soil testing services to small holder farmers. Our service is affordable,Eco-friendly,  accessible and provides results in 10minutes.

Our VISION: To become a one stop center for soil healthcare  services

our MISSION: To improve household income among the small holder farmers


Low soil fertility has become the the single most important factor affecting agricultural productivity in Uganda's smallholder farmer production. This has led to negative consequences particularly decline in farmer output and threatening livelihoods.The existing solutions are research focused, expensive and lack efficient service delivery models. Fertilizer usage in Uganda has also remained low leading to low soil productivity and hence increasing fertilizer usage needs to be backed up by a robust delivery of knowledge and information and practical assessment of the soil needs. However, access to soil testing facilities is a challenge to many farmer's in Uganda due to limited knowled

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda

Posted 31 July 2018 at 07:33

Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 6 July 2018 at 09:11

Healthy soil is essential for a biobased & circular economy

dr. PJ (Peter) Kuikman, agriculture, land use, and emissions green house gas, Wageningen University (WUR), May 3, 2017.

All things considered, the entire biobased & circular economy starts with the soil, which provides the biomass that will form the basis for a post-fossil economy. It is therefore essential to keep the soil ‘in shape’; it is a storage cupboard that can only deliver what it contains and needs to be refilled at set times. Peter Kuikman recognises this analogy and takes it one step further: “The soil is in fact a finite, fossil station that provides nutrients for plant growth. If we do nothing, it will eventually run out,” says the soil specialist from Wageningen Environmental Research. And this also applies to the physical aspects, such as the sponge effect and water retention capacity. “Not only do we have to preserve the contents of the pantry, we also have to respect its construction by cleaning the cupbo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 July 2018 at 06:17


Good soils make fine gardens and the quality of soil determines the yields a farmer gets, if all other factors remain constant. In Uganda, farmers continue to boast of rich soils but local farmers could be headed for hard times if they don’t adopt good soil management practices.

The alarming soil fertility degradation is reason why the AgriProFocus Uganda Network in Collaboration with SoilCares have organised a half day consultative meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a soil care community of practice. The invitational consultative meeting on a Soil Care community of practice 2018 focuses on sharing expert knowledge, experiences and technological solutions related to soil fertility management in Uganda. The meeting will take place on July 6th. 

Uganda is blessed with a wide diversity of natural resources: soil, climate, water and vegetation, enabling it to grow a large number of adapted crops. However, most soils in Uganda are older tha

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Soil Care Community of practice

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  06 July 2018, 08:30-12:30
  Royal Suites Hotel - Kampala



The AgriProFocus Uganda Network in Collaboration with SoilCares have organised a half day consultative meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a community of practice. 

The consultative meeting on a Soil Care community of practice 2018 focuses on sharing expert knowledge, experiences and technological solutions related to soil fertility management in Uganda. The meeting takes place on July 6th in Kampala.

The community of practice would further look into what is needed to tackle the soil challenges efficiently and effectively. The consultations will provide an overview of the soil fertility situation in Uganda from NARO.

SoilCares will make a presentation about their experience in Uganda with their latest technology that was launched in Uganda during the February harvest money expo. The presentation will offer constructive feedback on issues about the practicability of the technology and how best it can play its role

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 01:42

Stakeholder Workshop on Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is participating in the Official Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document and to jointly plan implementation together with regional governments on 29-30 May 2018 at Rift valley Hotel, Adama.

HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.

Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.

The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 May 2018 at 09:47

Agricultural innovation in Africa starts with soil analysis

To all those organisation who with all good intentions think they can solve the problem of Africa: agricultural experts, advisers, policy makers and scientists; their expensive advice is almost always build on scientific insights, but noton what is going on in the villages and the fields in Africa. And that is where the problem lies. The solutions in Africa that have been applied in practice for many years are being overlooked. In my opinion two things are important when it comes to improving agriculture in Africa: 1) not forgetting about local context and 2) being aware that there is also a sequence in interventions. Let me explain this.

From scientific knowledge to practical application of my knowledge

I have worked at the Wageningen University and Research Center for years, the stronghold of technological agriculture. Almost two years ago I got the chance to translate my scientific knowledge into a practical application in Africa

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Dean Tashobya Thank you for that article Christy.I always find it challenging that people always want to have a good quality product not knowing that it begins from the starting point-the soil quality.  The harvest will depend on the soil, type and quality, then other players like weather and so on can come in.I have witnessed Ugandan crops grow well in remote parts of China just because of better soil management. Soil management is critical for better agricultural production.

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Benard Sililo How can we get the soil scanner?

8 months 1 day ago

Wim Goris Hi Benard. check this link

8 months 15 hours ago

Christy van Beek Thank you Wim Goris!

7 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 February 2018 at 02:53

Holland Greentech introduces real time soil testing with SoilCares Scanner in Uganda

Holland Greentech (HGT) a supplier of inputs and technical support for the high-quality horticulture sector, introduces SoilCares real time soil testing in Uganda. The soil tests will be performed with a Soil Scanner developed by SoilCares, a developer of innovative precision farming technology for soil, feed and leaf analysis. The SoilCares Scanner will be added to the full package of agricultural services that Holland Greentech offers for the horticulture business. The package was shown on the Harvest Money Expo in Kampala from 16 to 18 February.

How does real time soil testing work?

The Scanner in combination with apps on a smartphone enables advisors to test pH level and soil fertility levels (NPK) and receive practical recommendations on lime and nutrients within 10 minutes.

How does SoilCares technology work?

The sensor technology developed by SoilCares uses infrared technology in combination with a globa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 February 2018 at 01:49

Holland GreenTech is introducing international quality, field based and affordable soil advisory services in Uganda at the Harvest Money Expo 16th to 18th of February. Offering soil analysis, fertilizer and management advice for your next crop at only 50.000 UGX per acre. Know what to do within 10 minutes and increase your knowledge on your soil to boost your yields and profits! Visit us at our stand at Harvest Money Expo, come to our office off Kironde Road, call our office line 0785369453 or email us .

As an introduction offer: For every soil analysis and advice you buy, you get a free sample of our hybrid tomato or african eggplant seeds for free!

Kind regards,

Maarten Hermus 0756074728

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Maarten, I wanted to check the vidoe, but I see the link is not working properly. Can you reply to this message with the correct link?  I'll update it for you!

11 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 December 2017 at 07:34

World Soil Day 2017: Caring for the planet starts from the ground

Tuesday, December 5 is World Soil Day, a day set aside by the United Nations; to acknowledge the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.  

An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013 the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in partnership with various governmental and non-governmental organizations, organized "Et

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 December 2017 at 11:04

Gali Management and Development Consultants Limited would like to celebrate with you World Soil Day tomorrow 5th December.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 November 2017 at 12:35

What 20 years of experience has taught me about making fertiliser recommendations

A fertiliser recommendation serves to provide the land-user, who is most often a farmer, with advice on how best to manage the fertility, i.e. the productive capacity, of his or her land. Putting it like this, it seems like a remarkably simple exercise. Then why is there so much fuss about it? After nearly 20 years of research in soil fertility and nutrient management I came to some conclusions...

The key is in the application of the fertilisers, not in the fertilisers themselves

Let’s first get into the fuss... fertiliser recommendations typically address mineral fertilisers that is those fertilisers that originate from mines (P and K) or from air (N). There are some terrible stories of what can happen when mineral fertilisers are used in the wrong way…

In 2015 the report ‘A Soiled Reputation’ on the adverse impact of mineral fertilisers in (tropical) agriculture was published. It fueled the (sometimes fierce

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Baraka Songa Thanks Madam,for sharing your insights..!!It reality to even development practitioners to deal on 3 mentioned objectives and totally forgetting on adoption rate side:Can't wait to see your next blog hope will show where to start on influencing adoption rate to small holders farmers

1 year 1 month ago

Sabinus Kinunda I have gain alot in this article thanks madam

1 year 1 month ago

Dorina Prech Great article! Thanks for sharing. 

1 year 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Great blog Christy van Beek, looking forward to your next blog on this platform. Will forward it through our networks social media networks as well!

1 year 1 month ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI Thank you madam,this platform is very important.

12 months 2 days ago


Workshop:Compost Theory and Practice

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2017 - 08:30 to 23 November 2017 - 16:30
  Addis Ababa University EIABC, Lideta, Addis Ababa

Learn all about compost from experts and practitioners. Practically make a compost heap and build your own vermicompost box!  Organized by AAU EIABC Landscape Architecture Department in collaboration with Boku and Hamburg Consult. To register to participate, please fill online registration form available via this LINK developed by AgriProFocus.

UPDATE: The PowerPoint Presentations from this workshop are now available upon request by emailing

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:01

Dr. Georg Dichert on the GIZ Framework for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

26th October 2017

For the agroecology platform facilitated by AgriProFocus, Dr George Deichert from GIZ SLM made a presentation differentiating between Agroecology, CSA, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Modern Agriculture and other forms of agriculture. He focused on CSA and outlined a framework for rating the degree to which activities can be considered climate smart.

CSA (like agroecology) is defined as more based on principles rather than directive recommendations as per Conventional and Modern Agriculture. The three CSA pillars are adaptation, mitigation and production. GIZ developed guidelines to assess the degree of climate smartness of activities by scoring a range of economic and environmental parameters. It is important to note that sometimes production is weighted so heavily that activities termed as “climate smart” may not actually have true adaptation aspect: increase in productivity (a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 November 2017 at 09:07

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Shadrack Agaki This is a wonderful article, looking forward to reading about the remedies for those soils that have been damaged by wrong application of fertilizers 

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:16

The Importance of Testing Soil Quality

Why test soil? Find out in this article by SoilCares!

The importance of soil fertility for agriculture was one of the first realizations that hit farmers at the start of the Agricultural revolution back in the 18th century. Slowly, they realized that good quality soil is essential for high yield, and sufficient production to sustain families, villages, and entire societies.

The difference between types of soils, and variation in soil properties became apparent- soil moisture, soil texture and of course soil chemistry determined what crops can grow in particular regions, and how much yield the fields will produce.

However, something that was not very known at that time is that soils are a precious resource, which is easily exhausted. Continuous mismanagement and exploitation due to lack of knowledge, led to poor soil fertility, loss of soil and as a result, drastic decrease in agricultural production. It became clear to most specialists, that core of th

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Kris De Pooter I second this entirely.  In Kenya, we've been running with a business case for the past 2 years to find financing for a local Organic Fertilizer production (100 ton/day) with the sole aim of REGENERATING the soils already largely deprived of nutrients through mostly low quality and overuse of Chemical Fertilizer.  We cannot stress enough how important Soil Fertility/Condition is if we want to keep feeding the world !

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 October 2017 at 08:36

Farmer Dirk Swart: "I now know exactly what the soil variation is in my field."

SoilCares technology helps farmers to better understand their soil.

The farm of Dirk Swart is located near St. Annaparochie in the North of the Netherlands. On this 60 hectare area of land, Dirk Swart is growing potatoes, sugar beets, onions, corn and wheat. He participated with one of his fields in a pilot project set up by HLB, a partner of SoilCares and George Pars Graanhandel B.V. (Pars). A number of soil samples from his field were analysed in the Lab-in-a-Box (LiaB). This is a sensor lab developed by SoilCares that allows fast and cost-effective soil analyses. Thanks to his participation in this pilot project, he now knows exactly what the soil fertility variation is on his field. He also has more insights in the results of his efforts to improve the soil. 

Read his story here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 10:43

The role of Soil in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Did you know soil plays a crucial role in achieving the global goals for sustainable development set by the UN in 2015? Read this article by SoilCares to learn more! 

About the Sustainable Development Goals

The concept of sustainable world was first formed in 1987 when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report Our Common Future. Sustainable development was then defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. However, it has been unclear how to make this idea operational. The acceptance of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 was a crucial step because it translated the idea of sustainability into 17 concrete, measurable goals covering every aspect of life. The 17 Global Goals comprise 169 targets that aim to transform our world by 2030.

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