Translating integrated soil fertility management empirical knowledge into action through participatory learning and marketing with farmers in Zimbabwe

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In this paper we report on findings from a co-learning experience we undertook with smallholder farmers in two areas in Zimbabwe aimed at developing their capacity to apply integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) options to improve food security. We were interested in improving farmers’ understanding of ISFM and its practices. Constraints to increased productivity were common in the two areas and included poor soils, high costs and poor access to mineral fertilizers, low availability of organic nutrient resources and poor market access for both inputs and outputs. Through this work, policy guidelines to improve smallholder farmers to access and use the various sustainable farming technologies are being drafted.
En cet article, nous parlons à propos des résultats d’une expérience de co-apprentissage que nous avons entreprise ensemble avec des petits fermiers dans deux régions au Zimbabwe, ceux-ci étant appelés à développer leur capacité d’appliquer des options de gestion intégrée de fertilité du sol (ISFM) pour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire. Nous étions intéressés à l’amélioration du niveau de compréhension des agriculteurs de la gestion intégrée de la fertilité du sol ISFM et de ses pratiques. Les contraintes à la productivité accrue étaient communes dans les deux régions et inclus les sols pauvres, les coûts élevés et l’accès pauvre aux engrais minéraux, la faible disponibilité des ressources nutritives organiques et l’accès pauvre au marché pour les besoins et la production.
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2010
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Southern 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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631-635
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"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 stakeholders 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 of Natural Resource Management"