PostDoc Project: Improving Soil Management Recommendations for Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa Using New Infrared Technology for Rapid Diagnosis of Soil Constraints

Published on 22 January 2010

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Start Date: 1 September 2007 | End Date: 31 May 2010


The project goal is to increase smallholder agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa while protecting the environment through evidence-based targeting of improved soil management recommendations by agricultural research and development organizations and the private sector (by adopting soil infrared spectroscopy to help target soil management and fertilizer recommendations).

The project will also update and improve soil management recommendations for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to help increase agricultural production, food security and environmental benefits.


The following are the intended outputs.1. Generalizable indicators of soil fertility capability and soil constraints to crop production in sub-Saharan Africa based on rapid infrared spectral analysis of soils.2. Demonstration of use of soil fertility indicators based on infrared spectroscopy for targeting soil management recommendations in three pilot countries (Kenya, Mali, Mozambique);3. Improved data on prevalence of key soil fertility constraints in the three pilot countries; and 4. Capacity building of national agricultural research institutes in the three pilot countries and awareness creation among public and private advisory services in ten Sub-Saharan African countries.


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