By Georgina Smith of CIAT. New maps show massive potential to store more carbon in farmland soils through better management practices, contributing to global emission reduction targets. The amount of carbon stored in the top 30 centimeters of the soil could increase an extra 0.9 to 1.85 gigatons each year, say authors of a new study published today in Scientific Reports.
WLE, in partnership with the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, ZEF Center for Development Research, and the Global Landscape Forum, is co-hosting a course during the GLF in Bonn from December 11-22 on what it means to take a landscape approach, both in terms of a biophysical entity, but also from an economic and governance perspective.
“Where farmyard manure has been added, there is living soil. But the soil is dead where there is only mineral fertilizer application”. This statement by Erest Omulama, a farmer in western Kenya, represents a view shared by many in this region and beyond. What Erest is actually implying is the lack, or reduced activity, of soil microbes in soils that do not receive organic matter inputs. How can microbe health in soils be balanced with sufficient nutrional inputs?
CIAT, with the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), is working to assess the impact of various soil conservation practices on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural soils in India. The work investigates how agricultural practices could potentially lead to reductions in GHG emissions, and highlights the pressing need for research allowing the quantification of GHG emissions of ongoing agricultural practices in order to better understand their impacts.
To address all the SDG’s, we’re going to need to think like farmers. That means taking a systems approach that includes all kinds of agro-ecological farm systems. This mantra echoed through all the sessions at the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference: Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa. Goals, 2, 5, 6, and 15 were in the spotlight, and to meet them, we have to think broadly and holistically.
The application of alternative modeling approaches, such as decision analysis approaches being piloted by WLE researchers, could be expanded to help bridge the social and biological strengths of the IUCN to help promote both conservation and livelihoods.
The project built capacity for biodiversity management, increased agricultural productivity, and fostered resilience to the effects of climate change through the implementation of various agroforestry options adapted to local conditions.
How do you give a voice to those who often are not heard? Handing over a video camera and equipment may not be your first thought, but it is a fascinating possibility that leads to learning on many levels.