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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...

Tailor-made CSA: adapting best-bet practices for East African smallholders

Cross-posted from the CIAT Agbio blog: Smallholder farmers are not equal. Take Susan. She is perceived as a “small” farmer in her community of Soweto 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...

Simple yet comprehensive: A tool for outscaling Climate Smart Agriculture practices

Using participatory methods, scientists are now working with farmers to understand climate impacts on farming systems and rural livelihoods and to ide Read more...

Initial research highlights: importance of gender in food security innovations

CIAT led a Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), an integrative approach to data collection, in Northern Uganda to guide further research in a bid to improve f Read more...

Soil erosion and conservation in the West Usambara Mountains: Major challenges and opportunities

The West Usambara Mountains are widely considered to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in eastern Tanzania, and have attracted people for thousa Read more...

Ecosystems based approaches needed to build resilient landscapes and prevent future famines

If we are to restore and rehabilitate degraded natural resources, especially our soils and water, then we need to embark on ecosystem based approaches 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