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Farmers film their homegrown solutions

In an unused school classroom in the dry, dusty village of Sekoti, Ghana, 11 community members gathered to learn how to make a video.  Many of them ha Read more...

Soil Organic Carbon and the 4‰ Initiative: Soils for food security and climate

By Deborah Bossio, CIAT Soils Research Area Director 2015 has been an exciting year for those of us engaged in research to support sustainable develop Read more...

Giving soils a voice

We don’t directly drink or breathe soil, so it’s often forgotten as we trample over it. Raising awareness and inspiring action for promoting and prote Read more...

Model practice – enhancing crop models to reduce food insecurity in East Africa

A large proportion of families in East Africa struggle daily with food insecurity and malnutrition. These families are forced to subsist on as little Read more...

Thrive Podcast: Restoring an invisible lifeline: soil

The latest episode of the Thrive podcast takes a close look at the ground beneath our feet. Soil, on which terrestrial life depends, is often ignored Read more...

Could the future of soil testing lie in handheld sensors?

It’s important for farmers to know their soil so that they can treat it with the right inputs to get the best crop possible. The best way of doi Read more...

Three lessons from an Africa RISING cross-learning visit to Ethiopia

Scientists implementing activities on landscape and watershed management in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-led Africa RISI Read more...

Putting the P into agricultural productivity in SSA

Phosphorus (P) is essential for life. So it is no surprise that phosphorus deficiencies in acid weathered soils across sub-Saharan Africa is a common Read more...

Strategic management: a watery perspective

Patrice looks at the maize growing on his farm. The stems are stunted, the cobs immature, and the leaves are yellow. It will be another failed crop th Read more...

Down to Earth: the importance of local land data

The ongoing Global Soils Week in Berlin is a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governan Read more...

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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