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Training Course on Integrated Soil Health and Fertility Management

INTRODUCTION

Given the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, widespread land degradation and shrinking agricultural land, sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture's ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing. As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. This also sets the livelihoods of millions of subsistence farmers at risk.

Integrated soil health and fertility management (ISHFM) is the key in raising productivity levels while maintaining the natural resource base. This training course aims to guide participants on how to replenish soil nutrient pools, maximize on-farm recycling of nutrients, and reduce nutrient losses to the environment and improving the efficiency of external inputs.

DURATION

5 days

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other development programmes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand validated and participatory approach to designing and implementing effective ISHFM programs
  • Apply a participatory approach to designing and implementing an ISHFM program.
  • Understand soil fertility concepts and factors that make a soil fertile and productive.
  • Gain knowledge on how to identify soil nutrient problems and opportunities.
  • Understand soil fertility enhancing strategies that maximize profits and agronomic use efficiency.
  • Understand the methodologies and tools to assess suitability, economic feasibility, and impacts of ISHFM on agricultural production, soil fertility, and the environment.
  • Understand how to promote ISHFM to farmers and other stakeholders.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

  • Introduction to ISHFM and basic concepts
    • Soil Fertility and soil health
    • Physical, chemical and agronomic characteristics of soils
    • Problem Soils (Saline, sodic, saline-sodic, and acid sulfate soils)
    • Remedial measures and management techniques for selected problem soils
  • Soil Fertility Management
    • Overview of nutrition and plant growth
    • Diagnosis of nutrient deficiencies and corrective measures
    • Organic and inorganic fertilizers
    • Livestock integration
    • Criteria for fertilizer recommendations
    • Roles of organic matter and its maintenance
    • Integrated plant nutrition systems
  • Soil Conservation
    • Mechanics of soil erosion
    • Soil erosivity and erodibility
    • Maximizing on-farm recycling of nutrients
    • Mechanical and biological measures for erosion control
    • Tillage management
    • Crop management practices
  • ISHFM Strategies to Maximize Profits and Agronomic Use Efficiency
    • Reducing nutrient losses - blocking nutrient flows from leaving the farm
    • Better management of available resources - managing internal flows of nutrients
    • Improving the efficiency of nutrient uptake
    • Economic considerations
    • Computer-based decision support tools
  • Extension Techniques
    • Overview of agricultural extension approaches
    • Conceptual framework for agricultural extension campaign
    • Extension program planning and implementation
    • Farmer training
  • Non Agronomic Soil Components
    • Support for rural credit systems
    • Market-oriented institutional changes
    • Improving linkages between research and extension support institutions

REQUIREMENTS

Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.

METHODOLOGY

The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.

TRAINING VENUE

The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:outreach@indepthresearch.org.  

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814

TAILOR- MADE

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail outreach@indepthresearch.org

PAYMENT

Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 8th May 2017

Send proof of payment to outreach@indepthresearch.org

CANCELLATION POLICY

Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Duration 5 Days
Event Date 15-05-2017
Event End Date 19-05-2017
Cut off date 08-05-2017
Individual Price (Kenyan) KES 56,250.00
Individual Price (International) EUR 610.00
Individual Price (International) USD 662.00
Location Nairobi, Kenya

Group Tariffs

Group Size Kenyan Rate Per day (KES) International Rate Per day (USD/EURO)
6-10 95,000.00 $ 1,118.00
€ 1,018.00
11-15 146,250.00 $ 1,721.00
€ 1,567.00
16-20 191,250.00 $ 2,250.00
€ 2,048.00
21-25 230,000.00 $ 2,706.00
€ 2,463.00
26-30 262,500.00 $ 3,089.00
€ 2,811.00
30-50 309,825.00 $ 4,556.00
€ 0.00
3-5 62,500.00 $ 736.00
€ 670.00
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