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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

SOILS Consortium

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) brings together innovative research, market expertise, and strategic public and private sector partners to identify and scale sustainable solutions for soil and plant nutrition. IFDC is implementing the USAID-funded BFS Feed the Future project on Soil Fertility Technology Adoption, Policy Reform, and Knowledge Management (BFS-SFT) under a cooperative agreement mechanism with buy-in provisions. The project bridges the gap between scientific research and technology dissemination to smallholder farmers. BFS-SFT conducts research with partners from universities, national and international research and development institutions, and the private sector.

The SOILS Consortium focuses on conducting research on sustainable opportunities for improving livelihoods with soil fertility-related solutions. SOILS will lead in developing and implementing soil health and fertility enhancing innovations across large geographical regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

The Soils consortium positively effects producers in sub-Saharan regions through a framework of six key strategies:

1. Inorganic Fertilizer Systems

2. Quality Organic Materials

3. Legume & Agro-forestry Systems

4. Socio-economics

5. Adoption

6. Policy

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Through the application of these six strategies and synergistic partnerships with key soil and research figures in sub-Saharan Africa, the SOILS consortium will support the livelihood of its producers and people.