Agroecological Principles of Integrated Soil Fertility Management-A Guide With Special Reference to Sub-Saharan Africa

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This publication focuses on the crucial role of soil fertility in agriculture and its impact on food security and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). With a large percentage of the population dependent on agriculture in the region, the study highlights the importance of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) to increase land productivity while maintaining or enhancing soil fertility. The publication explores the factors influencing soil fertility, including natural processes, human interventions, and human settlements, as well as the impact of access to resources on soil fertility management. It also examines the trend of soil nutrient depletion and low fertilizer use in Africa, emphasizing the need for sustainable agricultural practices. The guide introduces agroecological principles and frameworks for ISFM at the farm and field levels, providing insights into nutrient flows and productivity. IFDC aims to enhance agricultural production and sustainability in SSA by promoting a participatory approach and farmer-led research.
Integrated Soil Fertility Management , Soil fertility