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The Soil Values program organized a technical workshop held April 15-17 in Abuja, Nigeria. Accompanying the official launch of the Soil Values program, this technical workshop provided an opportunity to coordinate knowledge, explore points of synergy, establish relevant collaborations, and identify the types of interventions needed based on the expected results in each intervention area. 

The technical workshop brought together the consortium led by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and other organizations, such as the World Bank, the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project, and many others.

Soil Values Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Sharing Lead Mariano Dossou-Kpanou presents the expected results of the start-up phase and the partners’ contributions.

The discussion on Soil Values interventions helped partners and consortium members talk about creating a collaboration framework. They aimed to understand various ecosystems better, find common grounds, and decide on meaningful steps to take together.

The technical workshop enabled Soil Values consortium members and partners to harmonize their approaches to achieve their common objectives.

Participants engaged in productive discussions on various aspects of the program’s intervention areas, such as the inventory of available technologies for participatory activities, the importance of considering the watershed landscape, the need for participatory management of agriculture and livestock, the role of political dialogue and commitment at regional and national levels, the importance of stakeholder networking to promote community involvement, and other relevant topics.

Dr. Alimata Bandaogo, Deputy Technical Director of Soil Values, presents the areas of intervention in the implementing countries.

The collaborative efforts showcased during the Soil Values technical workshop highlight the importance of unified approaches in achieving successful interventions. These exchanges help define the cross-cutting roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the Soil Values program. 

Funded by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands, the Soil Values program is being implemented over a 10‑year period by a consortium led by IFDC, in collaboration SNV and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), as well as knowledge partners, such as AGRAWorld Agroforestry (ICRAF), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)ISRIC – World Soil Information, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).