A comprehensive approach to monitoring soil health, implemented by ICRAF with support from WLE, combines physical and chemical analyses with above-ground indicators like tree and shrub biodiversity. Its application across vast landscapes is transforming rehabilitation efforts worldwide.
These lessons will help avoid the "one-size-fits" pitfall in achieving a sustainable agricultural transformation agenda at the national level, and at the grass-root level in making meaningful recommendations to farmers for better yields.
While climate change action is the need of the hour, it’s also important to pay close attention to the trade-offs in each of those action. The recent IPCC 6th assessment report on Climate Change and Land suggests that some responses may have benefits beyond reducing carbon footprints, and result in zero or limited tradeoffs.
Even without climate change, there is an enormous challenge to meet the growing demand for food with the current status of soil health in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Closing this yield gap is possible - with the right technology and best practices - but represents a herculean task.
This year, Earth Overshoot Day falls on July 29, the earliest date yet, which tells us that we have prematurely exhausted Earth's resources beyond what can be regenerated. To move back the date, we are working with farmers to test new practices to halt environmental degradation and make food production more sustainable.