Research Workshop: Navigating Disruptions An Evidence- Based Dialogue on How Policy, Soil Health, and Fertilizer Use Can Be Leveraged for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Date
    02.07.24
  • Time
    03:00 pm > 04:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 9, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Resilient Landscape, Better Crops, Agronomy Gains, Scaling Innovations, Capacity Sharing, Digital & Data

Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), struggle to improve agricultural productivity while maintaining long-term soil health. Farm data reveals insufficient progress towards these goals. Climate change, trade disruptions, and other systemic shocks further complicate the situation. As a result, public policy discussions surrounding fertilizer and soil health are rapidly evolving. A crucial aspect of this evolution is integrating policies and investments that address different facets of the challenge. There’s growing interest in complementing existing fertilizer policies with interventions that promote sustainable, resource-conserving, and climate-resilient practices. While the need for effective fertilizer and soil health policies is widely recognized, designing and implementing suitable solutions remains a contentious process. Balancing agricultural productivity with long-term soil health remains a major challenge in Africa, especially with ongoing global economic disruptions. This side event, co-organized by CGIAR’s NPS and EiA initiatives, will explore how to leverage fertilizer use, soil health, and policy to enhance productivity, sustainability, and well-being in Africa’s farming systems. 

Speakers:

  • Kibrom Abay, Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI
  • Clemens Breisinger, IFPRI
  • Leonard Rusinamodzi, IITA
  • David Spielman, IFPRI
  • Mirjam Pulleman, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT
  • Representative from AGRA
  • Representative from African Union
  • Representative from GIZ