Scaling soil health and fertilizer management in Africa for regenerative agriculture
Funding is urgently needed to harmonize the scaling in Africa of “regenerative agriculture”—diverse practices whose outcomes include better productivity and environmental quality, economic feasibility, social inclusivity, and nutritional security. CIMMYT proposes the creation of an advanced data management system, training, and protocols for spreading extension innovations such as digital approaches and agronomic recommendations to farmers via handheld devices. The work should be developed and scaled consistently across countries. Outcomes will include a massive, unique knowledge base for governments, NGOs, and the private sector, as well as local soil fertility and management recommendations for regenerative agriculture and best practices in extension innovation using modern data tools. Our aim is to revolutionize extension, helping to catalyze farmer innovation and to rebuild soil health for resilience, nutrition, and food security.