The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 33% of world soil is already moderately to highly degraded due to erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, urbanization, and chemical pollution. The world population rely on this valuable resource for livelihood and therefore, it’s time to build sustainable and cost-effective agricultural systems in order to reverse the trends. Biofertilizer presents a ray of hope, especially for the smallholder farmers.
April saw the launch of a pilot project in Githunguri focusing on biofertilizer study. Lead by Phenie Odhiambo; a strong advocate for organic Agriculture, the project seeks to demonstrate the value of biofertilizer and provide farmers with tailored advice on the application of the biofertilizer in their farms based on the varying soil compositions.