Improve access and dissemination of harmonized ISFM information by stakeholders in agriculture research and development.
The overall objective of the consortium is to compile, share and scale up Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies in Ethiopia in order to improve food security and income among small-scale and resource-poor farmers in agriculture research and development.
Ethiopia faces a strong challenge of improving crop productivity. In response to this crisis, the government of Ethiopia has put in place a five-year growth and transformation plan which aims to double crop yields. A major focus of the plan is to support use of integrated soil fertility management technologies (ISFM) that increase agricultural productivity on a sustainable basis.
The Ethiopia Soil Health Initiative (ESHC) will support this initiative by bringing together different stakeholders (research institutes, academic institutes, Ministry of Agriculture, regional Bureau of Agriculture, and various NGOs) to discuss the nature, effectiveness, and accessibility and dissemination of prioritized ISFM technologies. In doing so, available effective ISFM technologies at a country level will be identified, and put in a database for easy access by stakeholders.
Launched in September 2013, through funding from AGRA and coordination of IPNI the ESHC enjoys support from the national, regional and international institutions research and dissemination institutions. It has brought together a team of scientists, extension personnel, university faculties, policy makers and private practitioners to collate and harmonize ISFM information from across various agro ecologies in Ethiopia. It is anticipated that through use of GPS coded datasets, site specific recommendations will be developed. The consortium will facilitate knowledge sharing through various channels including scientific, extension material, policy briefs, websites and digest, a biannual prints and e-media newsletters. It will also collaborate with programs conducting ISFM demonstrations to showcase effectiveness of selected ISFM technologies and commission studies to understand policy and technical constraints for advisory purpose to government, researchers and private sector.
The specific objectives are:
The expected outcomes of the project include:
The country level soil health consortia project is an initiative of key agricultural actors to solve the problem of food insecurity and poverty through bringing together all the professionals, industrial actors and market players in the agricultural value chain to consolidate, synthesize and develop effective messages key in revolutionizing agricultural production in Africa.
The consortia were set up through funding from AGRA on the premise that a lot has been done in Africa, but the actual impact on household food security and incomes is not evident. The East and Southern Africa mandate consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique and Ethiopia is led by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). Read more