intergrated soil fertility management in africa: from microbes to market
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Conference Dates: 
Mon, 2012-10-22 - Fri, 2012-10-26

Loaction : Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Presenter: Prof; Nancy Karanja


The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Nairobi invite participation in an innovative conference intended to critically analyze agricultural technologies, innovative products and land management strategies benefiting small-scale agriculture in Africa. This conference assembles the strengths of several organizations and collaborative research projects committed to designing, refining and delivering potent solutions to food insecurity and agricultural resource degradation in sub-Saharan Africa. A particular focus of this conference deals with the comparison and scaling-up of candidate breakthrough technologies, monitoring and evaluation of their impacts within rural settings and along agricultural value chains and strategies to increase human and institutional capacities in Integrated Soil Fertility Management.  Examples of these breakthroughs include better management of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and other beneficial biological processes; strategic combination of biological, organic and mineral resources in the management of soil fertility and land quality and the commercialization and adoption of new biotechnologies.  The conference will feature invited keynote speakers in plenary sessions, followed by sessions of related thematic oral and poster presentations. The conference will result in electronic proceedings that include its presentations and posters, and short papers based upon them; and is intended to provide guidance to the agricultural research, extension and development community working with African small-scale farmers.