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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...

Farmers single out indicators for adopting climate-smart agriculture

“Our soils are very good!” reiterated participants in five participatory workshops conducted in Nwoya district, Northern Uganda. These workshops were Read more...

Collaborative initiative to outscale climate-smart agriculture

“Stakeholders coming together can achieve more impact” So was the message from 54 participants at a workshop aimed at sharing experiences about differ Read more...

Gender divisions and climate variability are hindering a climate-smart East Africa

A trial conducted in several east African villages, using Climate-Smart Agriculture Rapid Appraisal, identifies two major challenges to agricultural p 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...

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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