PICOTEAM is a network-organisation with nodes in Africa, Latin America and Europe
that supports efforts to bring about change and innovations for sustainable development.
|Project||Improving Soil Fertility Management in Smallholder Farming
Part of Participatory Extension Approaches (PEA) innovations
Broadening Agricultural Services and Extension delivery (BASED) program
|Duration||04 - 12.2005|
|Country / Region||South Africa
Five districts of Limpopo Province, namely Capricorn, Vhembe, Bohlabela, Mopani and Sekhukhune
|Services delivered||The learning processes within the framework of innovation of soil fertility management practices emerged from the implementation of PEA as part of service delivery re-orientation within the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) in South Africa. Farmers indentified the problem of declining soil fertility as the main cause of poor maize yields.
The facilitation and implementation of the soil fertility management innovation was guided by the following process steps:
|Achievements||The soil fertility management process was first initiated in three pilot villages of the Capricorn Districts by a team of three LDA officers who were mandated to champion the initiative. The impact of the innovation process after years of iterative learning with the communities were as follows:
|Partners||Agricultural Research Council (ARC) - Institute for Soil Climate and Water (ISCW),
Private Sector: Kynoch Fertilizers, Sasol Fertilizers, PROGRESS Milling, Lunds Chicken Farms, Vleis Sentral Feedlot, INCA - Emmerpan Mine,
Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA)
|PICOTEAM members involved||Joe Ramaru, Dr. Jürgen Hagmann, Edward Chuma and Mike Netshivhodza|
|Links / Publications||
Ramaru, M.J., Hagmann, J., Mamabolo, Z.M. & Netshivhodza, M.H.(2009), Innovation Through Action: Action Research Journey with Smallholder Farmers in Limpopo Province, South Africa: Experiences of soil fertility management, in Research in Action: Theories and Practices for Innovation and Social Change, eds Almekinders, C., Beukema, L. & Tromp, C., Mansholt Publication Series – Volume 6, Wageningen Academic,Wageningen, pp. 45 – 66.
Ramaru J., Mamabolo, Z., & Lekgoro, J. (2000). Improving soil fertility management in South Africa: learning through participatory extension approaches. Managing Africa’s’ Soils No. 19. IIED; London.