Our project provides simplified methods to test soil health for smallholder farmers, research for development, and citizen science.
Toolkit Validation Paper Published!
Doctoral student and team member Blessing Magonziwa has published a validation paper using the soil health tool kit data from Kenya and Peru in the journal Geoderma (Nyamasoka-Magonziwa et al., 2020). Click HERE to download this open access paper from the journal website.
Tests currently described here (more on the way):
Soil quality and ecosystem services underpin smallholder production systems for food forage all over the world. In most smallholder contexts, land size per household has shrunk and farming intensity has increased in recent decades, thus raising concerns about the capacity of soil to keep pace with decreased fallow lengths and increased tillage frequency. Tools like the ones we have adapted here can add to farmers’ learning about their soils and motivate a variety of approaches that can maintain and regenerate soils.
We work with various organisations in Eastern , Western and Southern Africa Communities of Practice (CoPs) as well as the the Andean Region CoP funded by The McKnight foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program or CCRP http://ccrp.org/
Posters with tool kit overview, project activities and recent progress:
English poster (from the McKnight CCRP East Africa Community of Practice Meeting, May 2018)
Spanish poster (from the McKnight CCRP Andean Community of Practice Meeting, July 2018)