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Integrated Soil Health and Fertility Mana

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  11 June 2018 - 09:00 to 15 June 2018 - 05:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Integrated Soil Health and Fertility Management Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 11th – 15th June 2018

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INTRODUCTION

Given the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, widespread land degradation and shrinking agricultural land, sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture's ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing. As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. This also sets

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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

7 months 1 day ago

Sabinus Kinunda I have gain alot in this article thanks madam

7 months 20 hours ago

Dorina Prech Great article! Thanks for sharing. 

7 months 17 min 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!

6 months 4 weeks ago

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

5 months 2 days ago

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 AgriProFocus 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 AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.

The interactive value chain mapping technique described in 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 works

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Wim Goris close to 200 views, this is a sign of network interest in the topic !

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 September 2016 at 10:12

Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture, Nairobi

A must read for everyone with an interest in soil fertility!

Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about uses, challenges and potentials of organic nutrient sources was among the core objectives of a regional workshop by the Fertile Ground Initiative and CIAT held in Nairobi 12-13 September 2016.

The workshop “Compost for Sustainable Agriculture – facts, myths, potentials and business opportunities” addressed quality and quantity issues linked to the use of such resources, and how and if they can make existing farming systems more sustainable. It discussed the quality of compost samples that were gathered and analyzed beforehand; and discussed several existing and possible business models for resource recovery. More than 50 participants from different sectors including research, NGO’s, governmental organizations, private sector (mostly from the composting sector), networks and platforms with differe

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks very much for that good report

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 May 2015 at 03:00

Global Soil Week 2015 - recap of the event

"The third Global Soil Week convened in Berlin, Germany, from 19-23 April 2015 was on the theme “Soil. The Substance of Transformation.”. It brought together 600 scientists, policy makers and practitioners from 80 countries." This website now has recap reports and highlights posted. 

It also provides good background documents if you want to know more about why we should "Better Save Soils" to speak with their attractive slogan. For example, you can download a very nice looking and informative SOIL ATLAS

The Soil Atlas 2015 is jointly published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, Germany, and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany. 

See here an example of the pages on organic farming, coming from the soil atlas: