Integrated soil fertility management learning module
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This course will provide a wealth of information and practice on ISFM program design as well as specific agronomic and non-agronomic components of an ISFM program. Agronomic components dealt with include improved crop management practices, measures to improve soil organic matter maintenance, and the combined use of soil amendments, organic materials, and mineral fertilizers to replenish soil nutrient pools and improve the efficiency of external inputs. It will also examine such equally important non-agronomic components as support for rural credit systems and market-oriented institutional changes, farmer training, and improving linkages between research and extension support institutions. This approach pays particular attention to looking at ways to adapt ISFM options to the agronomic and socioeconomic needs and interests of farmers. It is based on the lessons learned by the staff of IFDC - An International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development. IFDC has almost 30 years of experience in increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner through the development and transfer of effective, environmentally sound plant nutrient technology and agricultural marketing.