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dc.contributor.authorBaltissen, G.
dc.contributor.authorWabwile, E.
dc.contributor.authorKooijman, M.
dc.contributor.authorDefoer, T.
dc.coverage.spatialAfrica
dc.coverage.spatialWestern Kenya
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T18:08:21Z
dc.date.available2016-04-19T18:08:21Z
dc.date.issued2000
dc.identifier417
dc.identifier.citationManaging Africa's Soils no. 20
dc.identifier.isbn190403585X
dc.identifier.issn1560-3520
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/65481
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dc.description.abstractDeclining soil fertility is a major problem in the highlands of western Kenya, but most farmers cannot afford to buy inputs. Any attempts to improve levels of soil fertility need to take account of the diversity and complexity of farming in western Kenya, where farmers grow a wide variety of crops on small, scattered pieces of land. As they cultivate several types of soil with a number of different qualities, soil fertility technologies for an "average" farmer or "average" field are unlikely to be of much use. A far more productive approach is to involve farmers in developing and fine-tuning the best combinations of soil fertility management practices, combining local knowledge with research-based insights to make the most effective use of locally available resources. Generally known as Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM), this approach can be achieved by stimulating joint learning and experimentation among farmers, supported by research and extension work. In western Kenya, collaborative learning has become popular as part of the Participatory Learning and Action Research approach (PLAR).
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherLondon: International Institute for Environment and Development
dc.relation.ispartofNUTNET project: Networking on soil fertility management; improving soil fertility in Africa - nutrient networks and stakeholder perceptions
dc.relation.urihttp://www.iied.org/pubs/display.php?o=9083IIED&n=10&l=26&s=MAS
dc.subjectParticipatory processes
dc.subjectSoil degradation
dc.subjectSoil management
dc.subjectSoil fertility
dc.subjectNutrient management
dc.subjectLocal knowledge
dc.subjectKenya
dc.subjectPlar
dc.subjectIsfm
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scale
dc.titleFacilitating learning processes in agricultural extension: Lessons from western Kenya
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