Sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries owing to the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, shrinking agricultural land and widespread land degradation. Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture’s ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing.
As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. Integrated soil health and fertility management (ISHFM) is the key in raising productivity levels while maintaining the natural resource base. This training course aims to guide participants on how to replenish soil nutrient pools, maximize on-farm recycling of nutrients, and reduce nutrient losses to the environment and improving the efficiency of external inputs.
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other development programmes.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
Understand validated and participatory approach to designing and implementing effective ISHFM programs
- Apply a participatory approach to designing and implementing an ISHFM program.
- Understand soil fertility concepts.
- Understand soil fertility enhancing strategies that maximize profits and agronomic use efficiency.
- Understand the methodologies and tools to assess suitability, economic feasibility, and impacts of ISHFM on agricultural production, soil fertility, and the environment.
- Understand how to promote ISHFM to farmers and other stakeholders.
Topics to be Covered
- Introduction to ISHFM and basic concepts
- Soil Fertility Management
- Soil Conservation
- ISHFM Strategies to Maximize Profits and Agronomic Use Efficiency
- Extension Techniques
- Non Agronomic Soil Components
- Proficiency in use of English language
- Meet admission criteria
The trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach such as presentations, group work, guided sessions of practical exercise and web based tutorials.