Efforts to meet the growing demand for food across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has led to unsustainable land management practices that cause soil degradation and weaken the resilience of agricultural systems. Soil health is key to building more climate-resilient agricultural systems and can be improved through a range of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices.
This webinar will focus on AFRICAP’s efforts to review and extend the empirical evidence base to inform context-specific CSA recommendations and policies for a resilient agriculture and food security in SSA. The use of soil health indicators as a measure of the effectiveness of implemented CSA practices such as Conservation Agriculture (e.g. cover cropping, mulching, crop rotation, intercropping, minimum/zero tillage, crop residue management) in maize-based systems and Soil and Water Conservation (contour planting, terraces and bunds, planting pits, irrigation) in Highland African systems will be discussed. The webinar will also explore strategies for upscaling CSA practices through enhanced farmer participation in the chain of CSA activities ranging from intervention design to community evaluation of impacts.
The webinar will close with a response from discussant, Dr Christian Thierfelder, Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist and Strategic Leader specializing in Conservation Agriculture systems research with CIMMYT, followed by a Q&A, facilitated by the event chair Prof Steven Banwart, Director of the Global Food & Environment Institute at the University of Leeds.
For more GCRF-AFRICAP seminars on food systems and climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa, visit https://africap.info.