A new member of fields4ever

A new partner has joined fields4ever, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIATjoins to fields4ever initiative, with various projects in Africa and Asia, they will take action to recover our soil health thank you to fields4ever initiative.

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

The Alliance of Bioversity and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - hereafter the Alliance delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstream innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in more than 50 tropical and developing countries.

The Alliance has a long history of promoting sustainable agriculture and landscape management and restoration. They have a unique combination of scientific expertise on soils and water management, ecosystem services, landscape restoration, the use of biodiversity for food and agriculture, inclusive socio-ecological systems, and economic incentives

Project explanation

Samples required and project description

The project has been granted with 60 samples to use different crops:  corn, soybean, and Tephrosia in Kenya.

Goals

This project will show the impact of various soil conservation measures on soil fertility and crop productivity. 

Methodology

The Africa Hub is conducting two trials with the objective to show the impact of various soil conservation measures on soil fertility and crop productivity to improve the quality and yield of crops of importance in Kenya. 

The trials will analyze different tillage systems (reduced tillage and conventional tillage); different cropping rotations (such as continuous soybean-maize rotation, tephrosia-maize rotation and soybean-maize intercropping; as well as different manure applications and residue levels.

Head of the project

Dr. Kihara Maguta

Dr Job Kihara Maguta will be at the forefront of the Alliance’s Soil and Water Management research projects with fields4ever. He has a long career working for the Alliance in Africa, and is leading the recovery of soil health projects.

He has spent more than 15 years working and leading various projects related to soil biology and conservation agriculture.