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New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania

The second photo-film of a two-part series, “The Ground Beneath Your Feet,” is launched this week during Global Soil Week, where CIAT is highlighting the importance of soil, debating the latest science and technology as well as methods for preserving this vital natural resource. In Lushoto, Tanzania, a cluster of CCAFS climate-smart villages nestle in the stunning Eastern Arc>

Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa

There are a lot of big facts about soil knocking around this year – on account of it being the International Year of Soils. These are great for mobilising much-needed global interest and action in efforts to protect this finite resource on which our lives depend (even the White House posted>

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Thrive Podcast: Restoring an invisible lifeline: soil

The latest episode of the Thrive podcast takes a close look at the ground beneath our feet. Soil, on which terrestrial life depends, is often ignored precisely because it is everywhere and yet invisible. Healthy soils contribute so much to human well-being, from nutritious food to clean water, and yet>

Could the future of soil testing lie in handheld sensors?

It’s important for farmers to know their soil so that they can treat it with the right inputs to get the best crop possible. The best way of doing this, writes Kristin Piikki, visiting soil scientist at CIAT, has always been to collect a soil sample and send it to the>

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Vågen, Tor-G.; Winowiecki, Leigh A.; Tondoh, Jerome E.; Desta, Lulseged T.; Gumbricht, Thomas. 2015. Mapping of soil properties and land degradation risk in Africa using MODIS reflectance . Geoderma 10 p.

Kisaka, M. Oscar; Mucheru-Muna, M.; Ngetich, F. K.; Mugwe, J. N.; Mugendi, D.; Mairura, F.. 2015. Rainfall variability, drought characterization, and efficacy of rainfall data reconstruction  : case of eastern Kenya . Advances in Meteorology 16 p.

Sommer, Rolf; Mukalama, John; Kihara, Job; Koala, Saidou; Winowiecki, Leigh; Bossio, Deborah. 2015. Nitrogen dynamics and nitrous oxide emissions in a longterm trial on integrated soil fertility management in Western Kenya . Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 20 p.

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