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Soils

Handful of soil

Smallholder farmers depend on healthy soil to increase their yields and incomes — making it critical to food security. This compilation of resources covers everything from soil variation and fertility to the evolving knowledge base around fertilizer use. Agrilinks' collections showcase key past content on important themes related to agriculture and food security. 

Kenyan young people have the chance to become soil experts with the support of SoilCares Foundation.
Join our upcoming webinar where presenters will use these case studies to provide clear evidence that there is an opportunity to target improved seed and fertilizer interventions tailored to reflect the variation in soils.
Analysis of agricultural activities in the Better Life Alliance (BLA) project in Zambia showed potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), mostly (85%) due to avoided savanna degradation and conversion. The GHG impact due to BLA’s interventions is estimated at –902,531 tCO2e/yr,...
The Agrilinks Team caught up with Grassroots Trust in Zambia to learn about two manure management approaches for minimizing labor and improving nutrient content.
December’s World Soil Day theme, “Soils, a Solid Ground for Life,” could not have better articulated the value of soil for humanity’s survival and the opportunities that abound.
Check out some highlights from our webinar with Sieg Snapp and Geoff Heinrich, with opening remarks from Jerry Glover.
Soil, a cornerstone of sustainable land management, should be a focus area of the global development agenda. Read more in this post by Katrin Glatzel of Ag 4 Impact.
Don't miss our last Ag Sector Council event of 2015 with Dr. Sieg Snapp (MSU) and Dr. Geoff Heinrich (CRS)! They will be sharing findings on soil health and resilience from their work in sub-Saharan Africa...
Zoom in on an African village, and see whether the soil is clayey or sandy, or how much nutrients or organic carbon it contains. This is now possible since ISRIC and partners have launched detailed freely accessible soil property maps for Africa. The maps, that can be explored in Google Earth,...
Check out this 22-minute film with a detailed explanation of ISFM principles as applied in a number of African countries. The film was commissioned by ASHC.
The Soil Atlas 2015 presents facts and figures about earth, land and fields; its broad ranging significance and its current state in specific regions as well as around the world. Price explosions and land speculation, increasing soil loss as a result of erosion and sealing, the effects globalized...
Soil is one of the most overlooked ingredients in farming and yet it exists right beneath farmers’ feet. Healthy, fertile soils are an imperative starting point for agro-based development. But Africa’s soils are among the most degraded in the world. And this degradation continues as a result of...
Thomas Jayne (MSU) reviewed key lessons learned from multi-country experience with input subsidy programs over the past decade. He also summarized the findings of recent inter-disciplinary research combining modern soil analysis tools with household survey data, which is paving the way for new...
We are not paying enough attention to the world’s soils, a “nearly forgotten resource” and our “silent ally,” 33 percent of which are in a state of degradation. We can’t breathe, eat, drink, or be healthy without sustainably managing soils. So in recognizing 2015 as the International Year of Soils...
Soils are finally starting to get the explicit recognition they deserve as a fundamental and irreplaceable global resource. Why are they so important? This blog post digs into this issue and highlights some key points from the 2015 Soil Atlas.
In honor of the UN International Year of Soils, David Guerena, soil scientist and agriculture innovations manager at One Acre Fund spoke about how he fell in love with soil and shares his hopes for the field of soil science going forward.
Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer, Jeff Knowles, recently completed a two-week assignment in the Dominican Republic to provide recommendations to help reduce soil erosion in the Jarabacoa region...
Kicking off the International Year of Soils, January’s #AskAg twitter chat centered on sustainable soil management.
This seminar addressed farmer decision making and the context in which decisions are made, including factors that influence their decisions such as economic, religious and external policy incentives. The talk considered agricultural innovation systems, networks and platforms that facilitate farmer...
At this seminar WRI's Chris Delgado and EcoAgriculture's Christine Negra will present findings of the New Climate Economy project as well as practical, specific pathways for cutting annual global green house gas emissions through land use interventions...