Tag: soil

IFDC President and CEO Albin Hubscher

Research for Resilience: soil and plant nutrition that works for farmers

“With the global population rapidly increasing, we must double or triple our food production in the next couple of decades to avert a worldwide food crisis. And we must do so in the face of extreme weather events, continued deforestation, rapid desertification, and widespread pollution. Addressing this monumental challenge will require determined technological innovation and new research on old, “tried-and-true”…

IFDC Evaluates Portable Soil Testing Kits

Smallholder farmers, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, often lack access to soil testing laboratories to determine their soil’s fertility and the nutrients required to increase crop productivity. This causes farmers to apply fertilizer that may not meet their soil’s needs. One solution is the use of mobile soil testing kits that are inexpensive and easy to use.…

New Video: Soil Fertility in Burundi

Burundi faces a continuous decrease in soil fertility due to factors such as erosion and over-exploitation of soil nutrients. To overcome challenges such as high acidity and deficiencies in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and copper, IFDC’s PAPAB project, with government and research partners trialed new fertilizer blends that helped increase crop yields by up to 50%.  

How Tackling Hidden Hunger Can Start in the Soil

Micronutrient-enriched fertilizers can help tackle hidden hunger, says Dr. Prem Bindraban, executive director of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC).

Experts attend regional workshop on mobile soil kit

“Experts are attending a two-day regional workshop to evaluate mobile soil kits as part of efforts to promote agricultural enhancing technologies to boost productivity and ensure better returns on farmer investments.” http://bit.ly/19Mxjzt

It’s Alive! 200 Billion Reasons Why Soil is Important

Different soils work better with different fertilizers, seeds and water regimens. Another interesting factor: Soil acts like a living thing. We must prioritize keeping it healthy. One cup of soil contains more than 200 billion organisms. Some of these benefit plants by helping the roots “ingest” nutrients. Others are antagonistic and may hamper plant growth. Yet others react well only…

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