Our goal is to improve agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers through uptake of appropriate ISFM technologies in Nigeria.
Synthesizing up-to-date information on ISFM and apply it to produce materials in a range of formats targeted at different stakeholders including policy makers, private sector actors, extension workers, farmers and university students i.e. multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional ISFM stakeholders.
Brief Regional Profile
Nigeria Soil Health Consortium (NSHC) initiative is part of the WASHC and ASHC funded by the BMGF through AGRA. It is part of a four-year (2011-2014) initiative coordinated by IITA, Ibadan.
Brief Country Level Profile
Major soils found in the various agro-ecological zones in Nigeria, are highly weathered, acidic, coarse textured, erodible, low in organic matter, poor chemical fertility with weak aggregation and low activity clays. These soils lose productivity fast and retain neither adequate water nor nutrients for sustainable production.
- To improve production of ISFM information, technologies or innovations by stakeholders
- To enhance the capacity in harmonizing and consolidating ISFM innovations by harmonizing the approaches, recommendations and protocols by key institutions engaged in agricultural research
- To enhance the dissemination of ISFM information, technologies or innovations by developing and hosting the national ISFM database and appropriate knowledge products
- Conduct stakeholder mapping and analyses, develop and implement stakeholder engagement strategy
- Conduct training and sensitization workshops on ISFM principles and practices for development organizations, extension services, farmer organization and other local staff (based on knowledge gap assessment)
- Conduct and monitor workshops at a national level to improve information on the dissemination of ISFM extension material
- Develop and implement plans for stakeholders to use common protocols and data collection templates to collect data allowing for the evaluation of the ISFM technologies and drawing of lessons learned