Using Integrated Soil Fertility Techniques in Semi-Arid Areas

Submitted by Sukaina Bharwani | published 25th Mar 2011 | last updated 17th Mar 2020
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Moisture stress affects over two thirds of all soils in semi arid areas while soil fertility degradation has been described as the second most important constraint to food security in Africa. Despite proposals for a diversity of solutions and the investment of time and resources by a wide range of institutions it continues to prove a substantially intransigent problem. Inadequate management has exacerbated these problems to an alarming extent. The population is thus trapped in a vicious poverty cycle between land degradation, and the lack of resources or knowledge to generate adequate income and opportunities to overcome the degradation.

The link below leads to a technical brief for implementing integrated soil fertility produced by Practical Answers, the technical advice service of Practical Action

Integrated Soil Fertility Techniques