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New Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) can increase food production at household level through wide-scale adoption of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM). Past and ongoing agricultural research shows that it is possible to double or even triple yields by improving soil, nutrient and water management at farm level. However, adoption of ISFM technologies in Africa remains low due to various biophysical and socioeconomic challenges. Supporting the ISFM with sound policy, financial and institutional support can stimulate the much needed increase in food production. This chapter explores some of the opportunities for increasing agricultural production in SSA. These opportunities include the innovative application of science and technology to arrest challenge of soil degradation and ensure improved soil fertility, promoting use of new and improved crop varieties through plant breeding and biotechnology, adoption of the value chain to ensure that investments in agriculture are profitable and facilitating farmers’ access to credit and financing.

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  • Land degradation
  • Integrated soil fertility management (ISFM)
  • Innovative financing
  • Value chain approach
  • Climate change

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Bationo, A., Waswa, B. (2011). New Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Africa. In: Bationo, A., Waswa, B., Okeyo, J., Maina, F., Kihara, J. (eds) Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2543-2_1

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