Navigation Links
Effort to confront Africa's soil health crisis helps millions of farmers triple yields

of state cited the need to double agricultural productivity, with access to high quality "inputs" for crops at the top of the list.

According to the AGRA analysis, unsustainable farming practices, like a failure to rotate crops or apply mineral or organic fertilizers, along with persistent soil erosion, are depriving croplands across sub-Saharan Africa of 30 to 80 kilos per hectare of essential plant nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen. The report warns that such losses threaten to "kill Africa's hopes for a food-secure future."

AGRA's Soil Health Program has approached the problem by supporting an extensive network of partnerships in 13 countries in which three million farmers have been trained in an approach to growing crops called "Integrated Soil Fertility Management" or ISFM. Already, some 1.7 million farmers have adopted ISFM practices, which involve doing things like mixing in organic matter such as crop residues and manure into the soil, applying small amounts of mineral fertilizers, and planting legume crops like cowpea, soybean and pigeon pea that can naturally deposit nitrogen into the soil.

The improvements in crop yieldsthe increase in the amount farmers are harvesting from the same piece of landover the past five years have been substantial. Some examples follow:

  • In Tanzania, farmers adopting a combination of ISFM practices and new, improved crop varieties more than doubled their maize yields, from 1.5 to 3.5 tons per hectare, while pigeon pea yields increased from 0.6 to 1.4 tons per hectare.

  • In Malawi, maize yields more than doubled, from 2 to 4.6 tons per hectare and soybean yields rose from 0.7 to 1.3 tons per hectare.

  • In Ghana, maize yields increased from 1.5 to 3.5 tons per hectare and soybean from 0.9 to 1.5 tons per hectare.

A key priority of AGRA's Soil Health Program is to make it easier for farmers to acquire and properly apply mineral fertilizers. W

Contact: Saburi Chirimi
Burness Communications

Anne Wangalachi

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Social network research may boost prairie dog conservation efforts
2. Scientists enlist big data to guide conservation efforts
3. Sequencing efforts miss DNA crucial to bacterias disease causing power
4. ASU embarks on $9 million next phase of an effort to assess an absorbed radiation dose
5. NSF-managed US Antarctic Program recognized for its search-and-rescue efforts
6. Information technology can simplify weight-loss efforts; social support still important for success
7. US clean-air efforts stay on target
8. New $1.5 million grant boosts local efforts to save lives of moms and babies during childbirth
9. Wayne State receives grant to advance ecological restoration efforts in the Great Lakes
10. Chemical spill activates Virginia Tech engineers in effort to determine long-term effects
11. Environmental issues examined through cohesive efforts
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/7/2015)... , October 7, 2015 NXTD ... focused on the growing mobile commerce market and creator ... E. Washington , former long- term executive at American ... --> NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or the "Company"), ... commerce market and creator of the Wocket® smart wallet ...
(Date:10/5/2015)... October 5, 2015 ... for NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ), a biometric ... --> ) releases the ... NXTD ), a biometric authentication company focused on ... Technology Group ( ) releases the ...
(Date:9/30/2015)... Sept. 30, 2015  With nearly 300,000 Americans living ... new SCIs estimated to reach 12,500 annually, the role ... Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) is increasingly ... California opening doors to independence for ... and services, notably assistive technology services and education. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
... researchers have demonstrated a new and more effective method ... a research advancement that could have major implications ... of death in the Western world. The treatment ... Aaron Baker could allow doctors to bypass surgery and ...
... In a worst-case scenario simulation of a foot-and-mouth disease ... surveillance system and raising a more resilient breed of ... industry should an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) or ... very quickly, such as foot-and-mouth, the best way to ...
... This press release is available in ... biochemical interest given the importance and diversity of the functions ... and serve as fuel for a number of biological systems; ... and, moreover, play a key role in cell processes. Recently ...
Cached Biology News:
(Date:10/8/2015)... and WAYNE, Pa. , ... and technology consulting firm, has announced the call for ... Pennsylvania , majoring in a life sciences ... a two-year period. In addition, the selected Clarkston Scholar ... mentoring with Clarkston Consulting and participation in Pennsylvania Bio ...
(Date:10/8/2015)... Maryland , October 8, 2015 ... .   --> Goldman Small ... in the small cap and microcap sectors, announced ... research report on PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (OTCQB - ... focused on developing and preparing treatments for cancer ...
(Date:10/8/2015)... , Oct. 8, 2015 The 2015 Nobel ... The University of Texas at Dallas. Aziz Sancar , ... Dallas in 1977, is one of three ... cells continuously monitor and repair damaged DNA on a molecular level.  ... molecular and cell biology from UT Dallas ...
(Date:10/8/2015)... , Oct. 8, 2015  The ALS Association, ... ALS Assistive Technology Challenge to revolutionize communication technology solutions ... --> ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is ... in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people ... muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
... AARUHS, Denmark, July 6 ... the EmbryoScope(TM) Embryo,Monitoring System and EmbryoSlide(TM) tray have ... use in IVF. Unisense Fertilitech A/S also received,the ... installation and servicing of IVF incubators and related,accessories. ...
... Mass., July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: ... amend the $29.5 million of outstanding 8% Senior Convertible Notes ... on July 1, 2009 is effective as of 8:00 a.m. ... Agreements with holders of 87% of the Notes, which is ...
... , REYKJAVIK, Iceland, July 6 Scientists at deCODE genetics ... and the United States today present in the journal ... for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) that affect people with fair ... single-letter variants in the sequence of the human genome (SNPs) ...
Cached Biology Technology:
... 27kDa periplasmic enzyme from E. coli that ... nucleotide monophosphate (NMP) intermediates. Slower hydrolysis further ... 3-NMPs (1). RNase ONE Ribonuclease is one ... cleave a phosophodiester bond between any two ...
... Rabbit polyclonal to Dideoxycytidine Dideoxycytidine is ... be effective in inhibiting retroviral activity. ... BSA. Specificity: The specificity of ... ratio of the moles of ddC to moles ...
Porcine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells (PPAEC) (>500,000 cells)...
... MSC series of Class II Biological ... and certification to the world's highest ... that the cabinets cannot be adjusted ... lighting, low noise and arm rest ...
Biology Products: