Technology development for improving soil fertility, crop yield and food security on small- scale farms in Western Kenya

01 December 2012 → 30 November 2014
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Soil sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
small-scale farms
Project description

Soil fertility in Kenya is poor. There is a lack of locally developed specific soil management strategies to reverse nutrient imbalances. The objectives of this project are to 1) improve soil fertility and food crop yields on small scale farms in Western Kenya; 2) strengthen research capacity of MMUST in relation to soil management; 3) develop on-farm quality composts using locally available materials; 4) improve soil physical and chemical properties through application of quality composts; and 5) improve the yields of maize and beans and community food security through application of quality composts.