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Organic Resource Management for Soil Fertility – ORM4Soil

Title: Farmer-driven organic resource management to build soil fertility and improve food security

Funding: Swiss Programme for Research on global Issues for Development, a partnership of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Project coordinator: Dr. Andreas Fließbach, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland

Project sites: Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Zambia

Duration: 2015-2021


Organic Resource Management for Soil Fertility

The "Farmer-driven organic resource management to build soil fertility and improve food security" project (ORM4Soil), aims at improving soil fertility through an innovative participatory and interdisciplinary approach joining farmers and researchers with the goals of contributing to increase soil fertility and food security. 


Article about ORM4Soil activities in the Daily Graphic in Ghana


During the Accra conference organized by the Food Systems Caravan in October 2019, the ORM4Soil team…

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ORM4Soil participates in the Food Systems Caravan 2019


ORM4Soil is an active participant in the Food Systems Caravan 2019. The Food Systems Caravan is a 8…

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Evidence for agroecological approaches in Kenya


Beatrice Ng'ang'a, PhD student, presented her results at the conference titled "1st International…

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ORM4Soil at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry


Fernando Sousa represented the PhD student Salif Doumbia for the presentation of his latest results…

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Training in Mali capacitates farmers to produce their own Gliricidia tree seedlings


A three day training in the villages of Mafeya and Zoumana Diassa in Mali has taught farmers how to…

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New video shows project's activities in Ghana


The ORM4Soil Ghana team released a video about the recent progress of the activities in the field. 

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Nathan Okoth at the 18th Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics, Kenya


Nathan gave an oral presentation with the results of his research within the framework of the…

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MSc student Richard Kofituo presented his research results at the Tropentag 2018


Richard presented a poster with the results of his research within the framework of the ORM4Soil…

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The project's methodology and reached milestones were presented at the SHE Conference in Lisbon


The ORM4Soil's methodological approach, as well as the already reached milestones, were presented at…

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Social Sciences: Four of our PhD students trained in Switzerland!


Boubacar Diarra from Mali, Rebecca Baah-ofori from Ghana, Pamellah Asule from Kenya and Louis…

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ORM4Soil at the III International Conference on Global Food Security, South Africa


Our Kenyan PhD student Milka Kiboi presented her study with the title "Maize crop performance and…

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ORM4Soil represented at the IV EAMARC conference in Nairobi


The project's MSc student Nathan Okoth presented the results of his study, entitled: "Characterizing…

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The ORM4Soil project crosses the Atlantic!


The transdisciplinary approach of the ORM4Soil project was shared during a seminar at the State…

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ORM4Soil at the ReSAKSS annual meeting in Mozambique


Our PhD student Daniel Kalala presented his research at the ReSAKSS (Regional Strategic Analysis and…

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ORM4Soil organizes farmer field schools in Mali


Around 50 farmers participated in field schools (FFS) during October in the regions of Sikasso and…

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ORM4Soil represented at the Tropentag 2017 in Bonn, Germany


Our PhD student from Kenya, Milka Kiboi, represented the ORM4Soil project in the interdisciplinary…

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Event: The ORM4Soil annual meeting took place in Embu, Kenya


The ORM4Soil Kenyan team hosted the project's annual meeting in the Mountain Breeze hotel, in Embu. …

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The Student Reporters publication is out!


In this publication, the ORM4Soil students share their perspectives and experiences with the world.…

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Farmers' perception on soil fertility in West Africa

The ORM4Soil project was on the field in Mali and Ghana to hear what farmers have to say about the status of soil fertility in their land.

Including the perspectives and ideas of farmers in the research process is one of the underlying principles of the project, in order to bring forward strategies to improve the adoption of soil fertility management techniques in Sub-Saharan Africa.