Assessing farmers’ knowledge in the evaluation of soil quality

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Farmers across Uganda have developed their own indicators of soil quality but their mechanisms, reliability and sensitivity have not yet been examined. Therefore, this research is intended to address these gaps. Specific objectives include identifying local indicators of soil quality (LISQ) used for determining fertile and non fertile fields, evaluating the validity of LISQ in revealing the actual nutrient status of the soil and examining the sensitivity of LISQ to soil nutrient status. The study site will be the Lake Victoria Crescent areas in Central Uganda. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be employed in a participatory and gender sensitive approach. A farmer userfriendly soil quality monitoring tool that integrates scientific and indigenous knowledge will be developed.
Les agriculteurs à travers l’Ouganda ont élaboré leurs propres indicateurs de la qualité du sol, mais leurs mécanismes, la fiabilité et la sensibilité n’ont pas encore été examiné. Par conséquent, cette recherche vise à combler ces lacunes. Les objectifs spécifiques comprennent l’identification des indicateurs locaux de la qualité des sols (LISQ) utilisée pour la détermination de la fertilité et non des champs fertiles, l’évaluation de la validité de LISQ à révélé l’état réel des éléments nutritifs du sol et de l’examen de la sensibilité de LISQ du sol en nutriments. Le site d’étude sera le Croissant du lac Victoria domaines dans le centre de l’Ouganda. Les deux méthodes de recherche qualitatives et quantitatives seront employées dans une approche participative sensible et le genre. Un agriculteur va utiliser outil connu de lui pour la surveillance de la qualité des sols qui intègre les connaissances scientifiques. Les connaissances autochtones seront développées.
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2010
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East Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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1343-1346
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme soil science and water management".