This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7962: Linking soil fertility and improved
cropping strategies to development interventions.
Farm households in the highlands of western Kenya are improving their
livelihoods using a community credit scheme and a set of
decision-support tools. Depleted soils, due to continuous maize
cropping, together with Striga infestation, have trapped farmers in a
cycle of low yields and poor soil fertility. To diversify into higher
value crops on their limited land, households must intensify maize
production. The credit scheme lets farmers invest in fertilisers, while
the decision support tools help borrowers with land management
questions. Although developed in Kenya, these tools are applicable to
many areas of Africa dominated by poor, food-deficient, semi-subsistence
farm households. In Kenya, the tools are promoted by a World Bank-funded
project, and they have also been introduced in Uganda.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
NRSP16, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 114.