Research Workshop: Improving Soil Health and Productivity in Mixed Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, Co-creation of Hyper-localized and Farmer-centric ISFM Innovations

  • Date
  • Time
    04:00 pm > 07:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 6, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Agronomy Gains, Scaling Innovations, Digital & Data 


  • Land and soil degradation severely affecting agricultural productivity in Africa. approximately 75%-80% of the continent’s cultivated area is reportedly degraded, resulting in a loss of 30kg-60kg of nutrients per hectare annually.  
  • Soil degradation jeopardizes food and nutrition security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability.  
  • The severely degraded Africa’s soil has low capacity to respond to yield-enhancing inputs like fertilizers and improved crop varieties, thereby increasing the vulnerability of smallholder farmers and rural communities to the impacts of climatic shocks. 
  • ISFM seeks to enhance both soil health and productivity in mixed farming systems by leveraging local farmers’ knowledge and the best agroecological practices while addressing barriers to both organic and inorganic soil fertility management and inherent nutrient deficits.  


  • Employing ISFM for improving soil health and increase productivity is challenging due to complex biophysical and socio-economic steps. 
  • Limited evidence exists on the impact of various ISFM innovations across scale. 


  • CGIAR’s and partner’s combined expertise offers valuable insights and experiences in soil health. 
  • Systems approaches that integrate technical innovations like ISFM with co-design and evaluation approaches, alongside social and institutional innovations and relationships, promise to generate contextually appropriate, scalable solutions. 


  • Leverage CGIAR’s and partner’s strengths to explore implementation of ISFM across sub–Saharan Africa and beyond. 
  • Sharing lessons and experiences from developing ISFM initiatives through multi-actor and multi-level approaches. 
  • Review ISFM data collection and synthesis methods, co-design of decision support tools, agro-advisories, and service provision.  
  • Explore how input and feedback from farmers and stakeholders can enhance the co-design of agro-advisories. 

Expected Outcomes: 

  • Define innovative entry point for accelerating soil health and productivity through Hyper-localized and Farmer-centric ISFM. 
  • Insights drawn from diverse One CGIAR initiatives and regional and national networks, such as the Coalition of the Willing in Ethiopia, to broaden the benefits of standardized approaches and harmonized data collection and digital advisories. 
  • Advance the scientific understanding of Hyper-localized and Farmer-centric ISFM Innovations 


  • Lulseged Tamene 
  • Wuletawu Abera