Fertilizer use in smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is characterized by low agronomic and economic returns in the form of low crop yields and profits. For example, in western Kenya, the average yield of maize the most important staple crop is only 2 tons per hectare despite a p
IPNI SSA program has unveiled 9 consortia websites through the AGRA funded Country level Soil Health Consortia project to disseminate information on soil health, fertilizer recommendations, crop responses to soil fertility amendments, agricultural input and output markets in 8 SSA countries.
The Country level Soil Health Consortia held a workshop at the Oak Place Conference and Training Centre, Nairobi in November, 2015. The workshop sought to build capacity of the project coordinators on various aspects relating to data management, website management and project sustainability.
This is a report on the oil palm project activities and its early impacts on oil palm productivity in Ghana. The project has demonstrated substantial yield increases with introduction of BMPs and supported knowledge dissemination through training activities and development of BMP knowledge products.
A partnership between IPNI and national agricultural actors in consortia countries Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia & Malawi has yielded a series of demand driven books/manuals and communication products.
In an effort to further strengthen the existing linkages between local institutions of higher learning and IPNI, the IPNI SSA program partnered with Kenyatta University to hold a public seminar on plant nutrition.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship project is partnering with the Siaya County Department of Agriculture (SCDA), Western Kenya to up scale 4R activities in Western Kenya.
A scalable pilot project, initiated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and based on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework.
Current fertilizer recommendations in Kenya are mainly based on agro – ecological zones and not soil fertility variations. IPNI’s Nutrient Expert for Hybrid Maize (NE) decision suppotr tool aims at supporting development of site specific nutrient management recommendations for farmers in Kenya.
In Ghana, little to no fertilizer is applied in oil palm plantations and small holder farms, leading to depletion of soil fertility and low productivity. In addition, Ghana oil palm plantations experience low fruit bunch yields partly due to poor climatic conditions with the main constraints being s
The Oil Palm (OP) project was initiated in 2012, during which time oil palm yields in Ghana were rapidly declining despite an immense increase of area under cultivation over the past 10 years and a large demand for palm oil. The main focus of the project is to develop and disseminate knowledge on su
The IPNI SSA program together with its partners trained Zambia lead scientists and journalists on experimental designs, data collection/quality control, data analysis, development of appropriate data driven communication products and how to effectively communicate scientific messages.
The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) has funded IPNI to carry out a project to support crop production intensification in Ethiopia. The project will work towards developing tools for effectively transferring 4R Nutrient Stewardship knowledge to extension systems and smallholders
The Country Soil Health Consortia held its second planning meeting and training from the 17th to the 20th February 2015. The meeting focused on progress, training on database management using the aWhere platform, financial management and development of Performance Implementation Plans (PIPs).
Ms. Obianuju Emmanuel, Mr. Stephen Ichami Muhati and Mr. Yenus Kemal are among 30 graduate students from universities around the world who received the IPNI Scholar Award in 2014.
The IPNI sub-Saharan Africa Program has released an extension handbook for fertilizer management in smallholder farming in sub-Saharan Africa.
A two-day participatory training workshop under the theme “4R Nutrient Management Practices for Sustainable Crop Production and Intensification” for extension officers was held on the 15th and 16th of May 2014 at the Siaya Agricultural Training Centre in western Kenya.
The IPNI SSA program had the pleasure of hosting the President of IPNI, Dr Terry Roberts during a two day visit to Kenya between the 24th and 25th January 2014.
As the 4R nutrient stewardship project marks its first year of operations in Western Kenya, the impact of balanced nutrition on crop growth and productivity has been a major highlight to farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
Introducing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Concept to Smallholder Farming Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa
How the 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept can be specifically adapted to smallholder farming systems.
A pilot research program is addressing these issues and is working to define the 4Rs in western Kenya in the context of its local agriculture.
The main focus of IPNI Africa program is to provide leadership and direction in plant nutrition research and development. Working with partners from national agricultural research and extension systems, Universities, International Agricultural Research Systems and other stakeholders, information will be synthesized and research programs developed to encourage fertilizer use within the ISFM framework in ways that are technically efficient, economically rational, and environmentally friendly.
Dr. Shamie Zingore
Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Program
The IPNI sub-Saharan Africa Program is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has active plant nutrition research and development activities to support sustainable crop production intensification in more than 10 countries in West, East and Southern Africa.