Breaking the unholy alliance of food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation in representative agro-ecological zones of Malawi: Empowering farmers with soil, water and nutrient enhancing technologies for increased productivity

Published on 9 September 2010

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Start Date: 30 October 2008 | End Date: 29 April 2011

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This project will use the new, holistic Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) approach that embraces the full range of driving factors – biological, physical, chemical, social, economic and political – to evaluate and promote conservation agriculture. To overcome serious gaps in technology adoption, the project will use farmer participatory, multidisciplinary and gender oriented approaches at the watershed level. Moving away from traditional plot level approaches to a watershed approach enhances understanding of the interactions between hydrological, social,physical, chemical and biological soil-related processes. A maize-based benchmark site, Lilongwe Agricultural Development Division (ADD) with unimodal, medium rainfall has been identified for this study.

 

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