Digital soil map provides information for crop productivity and soil health

“The private sector can utilize the acquired soil information to build interactive and user-friendly mobile apps that can provide soil properties and fertilizer-related information to farmers as part of commercial agri-advisory extension services,” she said.

“These soil maps will not only help to increase crop yields, but also the nutritional value of these crops, which in return will help solve problems of public health such as zinc deficiency in Nepal’s population,” explained Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, principal scientist at CIMMYT.


By the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

A digital soil map for Nepal launched in 2021 provides access to location-specific information on soil properties for any province, district, municipality or a particular area of interest. The interactive map provides information useful for new crop- and site-specific fertilizer recommendations for the country.

Produced by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), in collaboration with Nepal Agricultural Research Council’s (NARC) National Soil Science Research Center (NSSRC), the digital soil map is the first publicly available soil map in South Asia that covers the entire country.

At the official launch event for the map in February 2021 the Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli highlighted the benefits the map would bring to support soil fertility management in the digital era in Nepal.

CIMMYT, NSSRC and Department of Agriculture’s Centre for Crop Development and Agrobiodiversity Conservation…

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#2) Gardening and Compost–Soil Health

When I was a kid we had a large garden in the back yard, big enough to grow most of what we needed to eat for the whole summer. My dad rototilled the…

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Sustainable campaign against desertification Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiaraeri – 6 September 2021 The other day, the Governor of Yobe …

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Chinese researchers develop new machine for desert control


The self-developed machine plants the straws more efficiently in northwestern China’s Wuwei, Gansu Province, Aug. 5, 2019. /CFP

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Chinese researchers have developed a walk-behind paving machine that can more efficiently “plant” straw nets in desert areas to combat desertification.

The machine has proved capable of reducing the high labor costs involved in the deployment of checkerboard barriers, which are large straw nets placed on the surface of deserts to reduce the wind speed and fix moving sand dunes, according to the Desert Control Research Institute of Gansu Province, which developed the machine.

This checkerboard barrier technique is widely used in China’s arid inland areas, especially to protect traffic arteries from the incursion of deserts.

The institute said the machine makes the hand-planting process mechanized, by digging trenches and paving straw through its drive system, and can be used in varied terrain. The efficiency of the…

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AfDB pledges $6.5bn to help Sahel countries fight desertification


Women working to restore degraded lands (Courtesy: Great Green Wall)  –  Copyright © africanews
The Great Green Wall

By Ronald Lwere Kato Last updated: 12/01 –


The African Development Bank will mobilize $6.5 Billion to support efforts by countries in the Sahel.

Launched in 2007 by the African African Union, the Great Green Wall is a concerted attempt to roll back the Sahara desert.

It seeks to help communities in the Sahel and Sahara regions to mitigate and adapt to climate change but also to improve food security.

AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina made the pledge during the OnePlanet summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

“The future of the Sahel region depends on the Great Green Wall. Without the Great Green Wall, the Sahel region as we know it may disappear”, said Adesina.

The Great Green Wall initiative aims to plant an 8,000 km long and 15 km wide…

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Great Green Wall: How funding can help Sahel fight desertification again


Fast track efforts to restore degrading land ?

Great Green Wall project on a slow track due to funds crunch; President of France Emmanuel Macron announces $14 billion to scale up work

ByKiran Pandey

Published: Wednesday 13 January 2021 –

More than 13 years after the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative was started by the African Union to address desertification, land degradation and climate change in the Sahel region, the project had hit a wall due to funds crunch. The project aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landby 2030; only four million hectares had been restoredbetween 2007 and 2019.

GGW, as conceived by 11 countries located along the southern border of the Sahara and their international partners, is aimed at limiting the desertification of the Sahel zone.

The GGW countries, according to a United Nations report released September 2020, need to speed up the current pace of…

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Donors pledge $14 billion to help Africa combat desertification



In a major boost to complete the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative in Africa, development banks and governments pledged a fund of more than $14 billion.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the new funds at the One Planet Summit on Monday. Donors had set a target of $10 billion for new funding, but generous pledges helped in gathering additional investment.

Covering the entire 8,000 kilometer stretch of the African continent, the GGW is being built to combat land degradation and control desertification in the region. The project completed nearly 20 percent of its work last year, creating thousands of green jobs for local communities through land restoration work.

“The mobilization of this additional funding through an innovative approach will certainly contribute to the achievement of the Great Green Wall goals, which aim by 2030, at the restoration of 100 million hectares of degraded land,” said Mohamed Cheikh…

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This can be an example for smallholder farmers : don’t buy seeds, but keep them when eating fruits


A message from Casie FLANAGAN:

Potted fruit trees🌱🌱🌱
Peach, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherry, and pink Lady Apples.

My boys (and I) love keeping our pips/seeds and replanting them.
We have successfully grown our own 300 fruit trees within the last couple of years.

Why don’t you instead of spending a lot of money ?

Fruit tree seedlings in containers

Germinating seeds of fruit trees

Growing seedlings in container. It may take a couple of years, but we are sure to get our own orchard without spending a fortune.

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Coronavirus: In Nigeria, COVID-19 threatens to hit three fragile northeastern states hardest, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) studies find

The arrival of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparked a cascade of crises, but the pandemic poses its greatest threat in the impoverished, fragile northeast of …

Coronavirus: In Nigeria, COVID-19 threatens to hit three fragile northeastern states hardest, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) studies find
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#Desertification: @BornoGovt To Begin First Phase of ‘10 Million Trees’ Project – @HumAngle

“The @BornoGovt tree planting project is also part of the national 25 million trees to increase the country’s carbon sink and respond to the urgent need for reforestation due to the loss of about 96 per cent of its forest cover” – @HumanAngle_

#agroforestry #foodsecurity #sustainableagriculture #ecosystems #worldenvironmentday2020

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Desert Control turning deserts into fertile land

Norwegian startup, which aims to help the UAE to become food secure, finds India as a potential major market Hyderabad: Climate change and global warming degrade land, spread deserts and rise temperatures in a vicious cycle. It is estimated that 12 million hectares of productive land perishes annually due to drought, land and soil degradation. Growing […]

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Sustainable agroecosystems: Cropping using regenerative agricultural principles

Richard Teague, from Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University, provides more insight into sustainable agroecosystems, focussing on cropping using regenerative agricultural principles Over the last century, intensive farming practices have had significant negative consequences for the soil and surrounding ecosystems. By disrupting the natural function of these habitats, the valuable ecosystem services they provide are […]

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Agroforestry: Boost Food Production And Reduce Climate Change

Combining agriculture with forestry promises myriad economic and environmental benefits for those who take it up. by Dave Olsen Forest is a self-regulating ecosystem. When trees or leaves fall, they decompose into the soil, providing additional nutrients for more growth. Trees provide soil stability to prevent erosion and flooding, and forests have negative emissions […]

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Wildlife habitat destruction and deforestation will cause more deadly pandemics like coronavirus, scientists warn




  • Habitat destruction like deforestation and agricultural development on wildland are increasingly forcing disease-carrying wild animals closer to humans, allowing new strains of infectious diseases to thrive.
  • Scientists say the coronavirus pandemic is the most recent instance of how human degradation of wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases.
  • “Preserving habitats for wildlife and preserving our world is a human health issue,” said Tierra Smiley Evans, an epidemiologist at the University of California. 
The orangutans in Indonesia have been known to be on the verge of extinction as a result of deforestation and poaching.
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As climate change contributes to a surge in disease outbreaks across the world, scientists warn that current rates of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss will lead to more deadly pandemics like thecoronavirus.

The total number of disease outbreaks has more…

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High-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought


Land is the foundation of our societies. It allows economies to grow and prosper. Land provides more than 50% of the total value of all ecosystem services. This finite resource is under existential threat. Productive land is a cornerstone to poverty eradication, zero hunger, energy for all, food security and environmental health.

The General Assembly recently identified “land-based solutions, as part of nature-based solutions, constitute promising options to evaluate and consider in connection with sequestering carbon and enhancing the resilience of people and ecosystems affected by DLDD as well as adverse effects of climate change.” Over theUN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification(2010-2020), some results have been achieved, and those remainingare magnified in the context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The President of the UN General Assembly, with the support of the Executive Secretary of UNCCD, will convene a High-level Dialogue to assess the…

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