Integrated Soil Health and Fertility Management for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security Course

Course date: 07/09/2020 to 11/09/2020 Duration: 5 Days Course fee: USD 800, KES 65,000

INTRODUCTION

Healthy soils increase the capacity of crops to withstand weather variability, including short term extreme precipitation events and intra-seasonal drought. Following the rapid increase in population growth in the universe, wide spread land degradation through deforestation and pressure on limited pieces of land, soil health and management is vital in ensuring sustainable crops growth and enhancing food security and nutrition. This 5 days training course aim to guide participants on how to retain soil fertility, reduce land degradation and restore the soil productivity hence ensuring sustainable productivity of the soil.

 

DURATION

5 days

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Agriculture Extension
  • Policy makers
  • Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other development programmes.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand designing and implementing effective ISHFM programs
  • Understand soil fertility concepts and factors that make a soil fertile and productive.
  • Gain knowledge on how to identify soil nutrient problems and opportunities.
  • Understand soil fertility enhancing strategies that maximize profits and agronomic use efficiency.
  • Understand the methodologies and tools to assess suitability, economic feasibility, and impacts of ISHFM on agricultural production, soil fertility, and the environment.
  • Understand how to promote ISHFM to farmers and other stakeholders.

 

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Module 1:

Introduction to ISHFM and basic concepts

  • Soil Fertility and soil health
  • Physical, chemical and agronomic characteristics of soils
  • Problem Soils (Saline, sodic, saline-sodic, and acid sulfate soils)
  • Remedial measures and management techniques for selected problem soils

 

Module 2:

Soil Fertility Management

  • Overview of nutrition and plant growth
  • Diagnosis of nutrient deficiencies and corrective measures
  • Organic and inorganic fertilizers
  • Livestock integration
  • Criteria for fertilizer recommendations
  • Roles of organic matter and its maintenance
  • Integrated plant nutrition systems

 

Module 3:

Soil Conservation

  • Mechanics of soil erosion
  • Soil erosivity and erodibility
  • Maximizing on-farm recycling of nutrients
  • Mechanical and biological measures for erosion control
  • Tillage management
  • Crop management practices

 

Module 4:

ISHFM Strategies to Maximize Profits and Agronomic Use Efficiency

  • Reducing nutrient losses - blocking nutrient flows from leaving the farm
  • Better management of available resources - managing internal flows of nutrients
  • Improving the efficiency of nutrient uptake
  • Economic considerations
  • Computer-based decision support tools

 

Module 5:

Extension Techniques

  • Overview of agricultural extension approaches
  • Conceptual framework for agricultural extension campaign
  • Extension program planning and implementation
  • Farmer training

 

Non Agronomic Soil Components

  • Support for rural credit systems
  • Market-oriented institutional changes
  • Improving linkages between research and extension support institutions

 

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TRAINING CUSTOMIZATION

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can also have it delivered your preferred location. For further inquiries, please contact us through Mobile: +254 732 776 700 or +254 759 285 295. You can also email us on: training@fineresultsresearch.org

 

REQUIREMENTS

Participants should be reasonably proficient in English.  During the trainings, participants should come with their own laptops.

 

TRAINING FEE

The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact us through Mobile: +254 732 776 700/+254 759 285 295 or Email: training@fineresultsresearch.org

 

PAYMENT

Payment should be transferred to FineResults Research Limited bank before commencement of training. Send proof of payment through the email: training@fineresultsresearch.org

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Changes will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received.

 

 

 

 

Course Date: 07/09/2020 to 11/09/2020 Duration: 5 Days Course fee: USD 800 , KES 65,000
Call us on +254 732 776 700/ +254 759 285 295
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