Soil fertility

Soil health

Theme pack

Dear broadcasting partner,

Here is our latest monthly theme pack of FRI resources, this month all about integrated soil fertility management. This is a set of practices related to planting, fertilizers, composting and more to increase the nutrients in the soil and ultimately production of crops.  This approach was developed in Africa to encourage intensification by efficiently using fertilizers. These resources will help you learn more about soil fertility and how to increase nutrients in the soil using organic and inorganic materials.

The theme pack includes 7 Resource Pack items and 6 Barza Wire stories. There are also resources available in Swahili and Portuguese.

Organic fertilizers
Soil fertility

Interview scripts
Conservation agriculture: High yields, low production costs, and improved soil fertility
Compost: A solution to impoverishment of the soil and the impact of overusing chemical fertilizers
Farmers improve yields with traditional soil-building practices that restore and fertilize damaged soils
Micro-doses of fertilizer increase yields in the Sahel

Handling animal manure

The following resources are available in Swahili:
Nakala juu ya Rutuba ya udongo
Kenya: Miti husaidia wakulima katika urutubishaji wa ardhi na kuongeza uzalishaji wa mazao

The following resource is available in Portuguese:
Agricultura de conservação: Rendimentos elevados, custos de produção baixos e solos mais férteis

Barza Wire stories
Burkina Faso: Farmer improves soil fertility with stone lines, zaï pits, and half-moons
Zambia: Farmers turn to gliricidia to improve soil fertility
Tanzania: Grape growers use organic fertilizer to save money and boost soil fertility
Uganda: Farmer improves soil fertility using soya beans
Ethiopia: Crop rotation, intercropping, and mulching help farmers improve soil fertility and productivity
Kenya: Trees help farmers restore soil fertility and increase crop production

We hope that this kind of “one-stop shop” on selected topics is useful, and that you can use the resources in this month’s theme pack to make effective programming on integrated soil fertility management.

Please use and enjoy these resources. Let us know if they’re useful—and exactly how you use them!

Happy broadcasting