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November 7, 2017Knowledge Portal
Tropical soils degraded by slash-and-burn cultivation can be recultivated when amended with ashes and compost

This article tests a selective slash-and-burn agriculture (some trees are intentionally not cut), coupled with compost amendment in the dry region of Madagascar. Slash-and-burn agriculture is considered as a driver of deforestation; the forest is converted into agricultural land by cutting and burning trees. Therefore, the authors propose a reclamation strategy for abandoned fields allowing and sustaining re-cultivation. »

FGI side event Wageningen Soil Conference 2017
September 5, 2017Knowledge activity
FGI side event Wageningen Soil Conference 2017
Theme: Soil Management

The third edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference “Soil Science in a Changing World” was held from August 28 until 31, 2017. As in previous editions, the aim was to discuss the importance of soils and the developments in soil science in the light of the global issues of food security, water resources, biodiversity loss, »

August 16, 2017Knowledge Portal
A review of soil fertility management and crop response to fertilizer application in Ethiopia

This report reviews the response of crops to organic and inorganic fertilizer applications in Ethiopia and aims to facilitate the design of a fertilizer recommendation tool. Results show that the productivity of major crops has increased steadily over the last two decades. »

July 31, 2017Knowledge Portal
Assessment of two soil fertility indexes to evaluate paddy fields for rice cultivation

This article assesses two soil fertility evaluation approaches in paddy fields for rice cultivation, in order to develop a user-friendly and credible soil fertility index. Also the study aimed to identify specific soil limitations, as well as to determine and map the soil suitability of the study area for rice cultivation. »

Towards an innovative and inclusive horticulture market in Kenya
July 21, 2017Knowledge activity
Towards an innovative and inclusive horticulture market in Kenya
Theme: Fruits and Vegetables

The hortIMPACT program combines Kenyan and Dutch private sector expertise and social impact solutions to build sustainable, inclusive domestic and export horticulture markets in Kenya. This article summarizes the insights and reflections from a visit to one of the hortIMPACT business cases, a farm in Gilgil, Kenya. The farmer grows a variety of green leafy »

July 4, 2017Knowledge Portal
The Fertile Grounds Initiative: A concerted action for integrated soil fertility management

This article discusses Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) as an approach to alleviate soil fertility constraints. Low soil fertility is one of the main factors causing low agricultural productivity in many developing countries. A key element of ISFM is the integrated use of organic and mineral fertilizers. »