2007 Annual Report
the latest progress report of the TSBF Institute: Integrated
Soil Fertility Management in the Tropics, which presents project
research highlights during 2007, as well as detailed descriptions
of its major activities.
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summary (444 kb)
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Innovations as Key to the Green Revolution in Africa:
Exploring the Scientific Facts in Arusha, Tanzania
(17-21 September 2007)
Symposium was organized by the African Network for Soil Biology
and Fertility (AfNet) of Tropical
Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF)
Institute of CIAT in collaboration with the Soil Fertility
Consortium for Southern Africa (SOFECSA).
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Theme 1: Constraints
and opportunities towards the African Green Revolution
Theme 2: Potential
and feasibility of use of external input and improved soil
and crop management to achieve the African Green Revolution
Theme 3: Factors
that limit access to and adoption of innovations by poor farmers
Theme 4: Innovation
approaches and their scaling up/out in Africa (798 kb)
Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods
in Central Africa (CIALCA)
CGIAR, NARS, NGOs, and Private Sector Partners Join
Forces in the Great Lakes Region
The CIALCA initiative emphasizes strong partnerships and
capacity building through Center-led projects. The following
three projects are currently funded by the Directorate-General
for Development Cooperation (DGDC-Belgium)
and led by IITA,
TSBF-CIAT, and IPGRI-INIBAP:
- Sustainable and Profitable Banana-based Systems for the
African Great Lakes Region (led by IITA).
- Enhancing the resilience of agro-ecosystems in Central
Africa: A strategy to revitalize agriculture through the
integration of natural resource management coupled to resilient
germplasm and marketing approaches (led by TSBF-CIAT).
- Building Impact Pathways for Improving Livelihoods in
Musa-based Systems in Central Africa (led by IPGRI-INIBAP).
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TSBF-CIAT contact: Bernard
TSBF-CIAT Poster Wins First Prize at
poster on promotion of soybean in Africa has won first prize
in the poster competition held at Global Forum for Agricultural
conference in Delhi, India, in December 2006. The competition
is open to agricultural research and development projects
that have tangibly made an impact in achieving one or more
millennium development goals.
The poster presents a model to address past failures in the
promotion of soybean in Africa which involves intervention
at household level, community level, and industrial level
soybean market development.
New AfNet Publications
Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in
Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
Selected articles (19) presented at the AfNet Symposium,
held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in May 2004, are now available
on-line as a special
issue of the journal Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems.
The complete proceedings of the Symposium will be published
soon. See the book
TSBF Partners in Consortium
More Crop per Drop, More Cropping per Dropping
Program is about Optimizing the Interactions between Organic
Resources, Soil Macrofauna Biodiversity and Soil Structure
for Enhanced Water and Nitrogen Use Efficiency in West and
East African Cropping Systems. The overall objective of the
research program is to increase our understanding of the effects
of agricultural management of maizeor sorghum based
cropping systems on soil quality and nitrogenand water
use efficiency, emphasizing the role of soil macrofauna biodiversity
across soil types and climates in East and West Africa.
funded Integrated Programme is carried out by a research
consortium consisting of scientists from international
research institutes and universities and national research
institutes and ngo's in Burkina Faso and Kenya.
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Integrated Soil Fertility Management
in the Tropics
TSBF-CIAT's Achievements and Reflections, 2002-2005
document presents the achievements and reflections for the
period 2002-2005 of the CIAT Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility
Institute (TSBF-CIAT). As such, this document complements
and updates the TSBF-CIAT Strategy Document Integrated
Soil Fertility Management in the Tropics: From Knowledge to
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Latest Issue of the TSBF Newsletter Now On-line
Volume 10 No. 1 June 2006
the years TSBF, through the African Network for Soil Biology
and Fertility (AfNet)
and the Below
Ground Biodiversity Program have successfully contributed
to the capacity building of African scientists by organizing
various courses in participatory research and scaling up,
gender analysis modeling, carbon sequestration and below ground
biodiversity. This issue of The Comminutor is dedicated
to highlighting past key research issues of TSBF.
issue (642 kb).