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Research that contributes to well-structured and biologically active, or ‘healthy,’ soils is vital for achieving key development goals, including stronger food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and enhanced ecosystem services.

CIAT is expanding its soil research globally to alleviate land degradation, reduce hunger through the sustainable intensification of agricultural production, and make agriculture more climate smart in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Toward these ends, CIAT soil scientists work across scales – from fields to landscapes – to create new tools and knowledge.

CIAT’s growing team of soil scientists cultivates public and private sector partnerships focused on sustaining soil fertility through approaches such as conservation agriculture. The team also conducts research on soil management practices that contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. In addition, our research pursues ecosystem services approaches to promote sustainable intensification of food production, with a strategic focus on rainfed farming landscapes.

Find out more about CIAT soils research:

  • About CIAT Soils Research
  • Soils projects on Land Degradation , Sustainable Intensification and, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • How our work contributes to the CGIAR Research Programs

The Soils Blog is written by members of CIAT’s Soils Research Area, an interdisciplinary group conducting cross-cutting research that is central to CIAT’s mission of combating hunger and poverty by making agriculture more eco-efficient. The blog’s purpose is to foster discussion and networking in soils research by providing a space where scientists, development professionals, and others can have forward-looking and solution-oriented discussions, share opinions, and propose new ideas. We invite you to join in.

The CIAT Soils Blog welcomes posts from guest authors on relevant topics.  You may email submissions to j.n.braslow@cgiar.org.

  • Hellen Chege

    #Talk soil When carrying a soil test on a given farm that has different section(tree zone, backyard e.t.c) should the soil sample be mixed or are they treated differently?


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  • Julius Kinjabe: I wish to have my one acre land under soybeans this season. I am in Bungoma (Bumula). please advice. reply to jkinjabe@yahoo.com
  • Hellen Chege: #Talk soil When carrying a soil test on a given farm that has different section(tree zone, backyard e.t.c) should the soil sample be mixed or are they treated differently?
  • erichj: Clean Biomass cooking is no small thing. The World Bank Study; Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture http://fb.me/38njVu2qz has very exacting analysis of biomass usage & sources, energy & emissions. Also for Onion farmers in Senegal and Peanut farmers in Vietnam. A simple extrapolation made from the Kenya cook stove study, assuming 250M TLUDs, (Top-Lite Up Draft) Cook Stoves for the roughly 1 billion folks world wide now using open burning. A TLUD per Household of 4, producing 0.52 tons char/Household/yr, X 250M = 130 Mt Char/yr Showing sequestration of 130 Million tons of Biochar per year, could be achieved just from cooking. In terms of CO2e, these 250M Households reduce 825M Tons of CO2e annually. The cascading pulmonary health benefits for woman & children is the very thick icing on this 0.825 GtCO2e Soil Carbon Cake.
  • Getabu: I am searching for soya beans which matures less than four months. please let me know where to get them and contacts of the sellers. reply to rainbowrural@yahoo.com thank you. meroka
  • chrispin okumu: Our group partners with N2Africa in western kenya.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livelihood-Environment-Agriculture-Food-LEAF-project/415038845239972?ref=hl