Improving Soil Health Through Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:15
  • Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
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SEE researchers explore GCRF-AFRICAP research on soil health and climate-smart agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a discussion led by Christian Thierfelder from CIMMYT, Zimbabwe and a Q&A.

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  • Prof Andy Dougill, Professor of Environmental Sustainability, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
  • Dr Samuel Eze, GCRF-AFRICAP Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
  • Thirze Hermans, PhD Candidate, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds

Chair & Discussant

  • Dr Christian Thierfelder, Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist & Strategic Leader in Conservation Agriculture Research, CIMMYT 

Event description

Efforts to meet the growing demand for food across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has led to unsustainable land management practices that cause soil degradation and weaken the resilience of agricultural systems.

Soil health is key to building more climate-resilient agricultural systems and can be improved through a range of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices.

This webinar will focus on AFRICAP’s efforts to review and extend the empirical evidence base to inform context-specific CSA recommendations and policies for a resilient agriculture and food security in Africa. The use of soil health indicators as a measure of the effectiveness of implemented CSA practices such as Conservation Agriculture (e.g. cover cropping, mulching, crop rotation, intercropping, minimum/zero tillage, crop residue management) in maize-based systems and Soil and Water Conservation (e.g. contour planting, terraces and bunds, planting pits, irrigation) in Highland African systems will be discussed.

Speakers will also explore strategies for upscaling CSA practices through enhanced farmer participation in the chain of CSA activities ranging from intervention design to community evaluation of impacts.

The event will close with a response from the seminar’s discussant and chair, Dr Christian Thierfelder, Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist and Strategic Leader specializing in Conservation Agriculture systems research with CIMMYT, followed by a Q&A.

About the GCRF-AFRICAP seminar series

The GCRF-AFRICAP seminar series is a research-based initiative focused on sharing knowledge to build sustainable, productive, climate-resilient food and agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa. 

For more free seminars on food systems and climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa, visit the GCRF-AFRICAP events page.