Integrating indigenous and scientific soil quality indicators for improved crop production

Research has improved understanding of technical indicators of soil quality (TISQ) and their assessment criteria. Yet knowledge on farmer-perceived indicators of soil quality remains limited. The study intends to establish and validate indigenous knowledge of soil quality indicators, improve local understanding and contribute to the process of developing a farmer-friendly soil quality monitoring (SQM) tool for use in land use planning. The study will focus on documentation of farmers’ knowledge and characterization of selected major local indicators of soil quality (LISQ) by field and laboratory tests and experiments to test their reliability.
La recherche a permis de mieux comprendre les indicateurs techniques de la qualité du sol (TISQ) et leurs critères d’évaluation. Pourtant, la connaissance sur les indicateurs de la qualité du sol perçus par les agriculteurs reste limitée. L’étude vise à établir et valider les connaissances autochtones des indicateurs de la qualité des sols, à améliorer la compréhension locale et à contribuer au processus d’élaboration d’un outil de surveillance facile de la qualité des sols par les agriculteurs (SQM), à utiliser dans la planification de l’utilisation des terres. L’étude portera sur la documentation des connaissances des agriculteurs et la caractérisation de certains indicateurs principaux locaux de la qualité des sols (LISQ) sur terrain et au moyen des essais au laboratoire et des expériences pour tester leur fiabilité.
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East Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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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".