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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

Sub-Saharan Africa Soil Fertility Prioritization

In 2017, a multi-stage effort led by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) at Kansas State University gathered feedback on soil fertility issues in the Sahel region, including a focus on countries in West Africa, East Africa, the Great Lakes region and Ethiopia. The reports, dividing the results into three parts or stages, are available below. 

Sub-Saharan Africa Soil Fertility Prioritization Reports

I. Survey Results

The Sub-Saharan Africa Soil Fertility Prioritization Survey was designed to better understand the perspectives of key leaders and actors from various institutions and agencies. The results indicate that there are key biophysical and socioeconomic barriers and strategies that can either create an enabling environment or hinder progress towards improving soil fertility across SSA.

II. Summit Results

The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Soil Fertility Prioritization Summit included key leaders and actors from across the value chain from scholars to extension agents, and from biophysical to social scientists. The summit aimed to incorporate elements across the entire soil fertility supply chain, being inclusive of multidisciplinary approaches to understand barriers to enhancing soil fertility and the establishment of evidence-based priorities to overcome these barriers.

III. Combined Summary

This combined summary report provides emerging recommendations from the diverse input obtained through the survey and summit, although the reader is referred to the two reports above for a complete presentation of the results. This is strongly encouraged when considering projects or initiatives in a specific region or focused on overcoming a specific soil limitation.