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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. 


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 the XXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (7-10 July), in Lisbon, Portugal. Fernando Sousa, the assistant coordinator of the project, presented ORM4Soil's transdisciplinary...

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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 Chikopela from Zambia came to Switzerland for a week-long training on statistics and data analysis. The workshop took place in Winterthur and was organized by ZHAW, with the support of FiBL.

The training...

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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 water use efficiency as affected by soil fertility management techniques in the sub-humid regions of Kenya".

The conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, and joined more than 600 delegates...

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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 rainfall pattern in the central highlands of Kenya using satellite estimate data" at the fourth edition of EAMARC (East African Multidisciplinary Applied Research Conference), organized by the Unites...

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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 University of Sao Paulo (UNESP), Brazil. Fernando Sousa, the assistant coordinator of ORM4Soil represented the project before an audience of students, professors and technicians of both UNESP and CABI...

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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 Knowledge Support System) annual meeting in Mozambique, with a talk entitled "Sustainable Organic Agriculture - The alternative for African farmers". The theme of the event was "strengthening...

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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 Mafeya, Mali. The FFS events brought together farmers, researchers, extensionists and other stakeholders under the topic of the use of local organic resources as a way to increase soil fertility, with...

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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 conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture (Tropentag) on the 20th September.

She reported on her preliminary findings, which point to the promising positive effect of organic...

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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.

Researchers and students from the four countries and Switzerland met for five days in order to assess the project's achievements and prepare for its second phase. Field trips to the research station...

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The Student Reporters publication is out!


In this publication, the ORM4Soil students share their perspectives and experiences with the world. Take a tour through the fields of Zambia, Mali, Ghana and Kenya, with the first edition of the Student Reporters series. 

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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.