Soil Fertility Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa will worsen effects of climate change

An empirical assessment of Sub-Saharan Africa’s soil fertility confirms that the region faces a significant decline in soil fertility, which could worsen food security if no appropriate action is taken.

This has been the focus of discussions at a two-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, organized by the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), in partnership with the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, is on the theme “Advancing Integrated Soil and Water Management for Climate-Adapted Land Use in Low-Fertility Areas of Sub-Saharan Africa”. Its aim is to discuss and develop a joint research project across the Sub-Saharan African region to help mitigate the impact of climate change on soil fertility.

In order to facilitate the discussions at the workshop, an initial mapping study was conducted to review the current status of soil and land-use management in different African countries including Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.

Commenting on the assessment reports, Dr Effiom Oku, Senior Research Fellow of UNU-INRA, who is also one of the Regional […]

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