Soils and Fertilizers: Expert Views
The experts explore various aspects of soil health, including the impact of nutrient management and fertilizer application on soil properties and fertility. They discuss the importance of balanced nutrient application and the synergies between organic and mineral fertilizers within the context of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM). The report also addresses the ongoing debate between organic and mineral fertilization and highlights the necessity of location-specific solutions for different agro-ecosystems. Furthermore, the report emphasizes the need for precision in fertilizer recommendations and the potential of geo-spatial technologies to optimize fertilizer application. It underscores the role of the fertilizer industry in providing essential nutrients, promoting good nutrient stewardship, and supporting sustainable intensification in agriculture. Lastly, the report discusses the challenges faced by smallholder farmers, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, regarding access to fertilizers, and the importance of knowledge transfer and training in efficient fertilizer use and sustainable agricultural practices.