Redressing the land degradation scar through restoration

23 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Paul Vlek and Lulseged Tamene This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 23 October 2013 and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Getting the basics right Considering the issues of land degradation and what might fit the CGIAR Research Program on Water,Read More …

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A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes

21 October, 2013 by (comments)

This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 18 October 2013. By Deborah Bossio Soil. It’s like the air we breathe – we can’t live without it. It provides our food, cleans our water, supports our ecosystems and livelihoods, and even gives us lifesaving medicines. But we aren’t doing enoughRead More …

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Breaking new ground – mapping soil in Africa

30 July, 2013 by (comments)

In 2009, a group of scientists in Africa embarked on the Africa Soil Information System (AfSIS) project. Their goal: to fill a gap that has hampered scientific progress and agricultural and economic development in Africa for years – detailed information about African soils. Four years, more than 350 partners and 17,000 soil samples later, they’ve done just that –Read More …

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Urgent action needed to prevent food shortages in West Africa’s Volta Basin

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

Tens of thousands living in West Africa’s Volta Basin could be displaced in 15 years because they won’t be able to grow enough food where they live. Their once fertile land is becoming so severely degraded due to poor land management practices that scientists predict food production in the area could drop by as much as 40% by 2028Read More …

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Mineral fertiliser is the key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

3 July, 2013 by (comments)

What is the answer to increasing fertiliser use in Africa? It’s a question many have asked for decades, yet, despite a myriad of meetings, programmes, movements and initiatives, the vast majority of efforts to increase fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to make a noticeable impact. But, argues Rolf Sommer, CIAT soil scientist and leadRead More …

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Climate Change: new study opens can of worms for ecologists

5 February, 2013 by (comments)

We often hear about livestock being a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions – picture them, formidable herds of flatulent quadrupeds munching their way – figuratively speaking – through millions of hectares of rainforest. But it seems we need to look below the surface, literally, to find another climate change culprit: earthworms. That’s because a new study just publishedRead More …

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Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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