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Farmer-Focused tools to improve soil health monitoring on smallholder farms in the Morogoro region of Tanzania

Show simple item record Testen, Anna L Mamiro, Delphina P Nahson, Jackson Amuri, Nyambilila A Culman, Steven W Miller, Sally A 2021-03-04T10:27:25Z 2021-03-04T10:27:25Z 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation 2018, Vol. 19, No. 1, 56–63 en_US
dc.description.abstract A participatory approach was used to improve smallholder tomato farmers’ understanding of and access to soil health monitoring in the Morogoro Region of Tanzania. Baseline soil characteristics were gathered from 50 tomato fields in the region, local soil knowledge was elicited from farmers and used to de- velop a soil health card to qualitatively assess soil health, and farmers (n = 32) were trained on the use of a low-cost soil test kit to quantitatively assess soil health. Farmers most often described local indicators of soil health in terms of soil texture and tilth, soil color, soil water relations, and soil fertility. Following use of the soil test kit, farmers indicated increased awareness of soil testing services (Wilcoxon signed rank Z = –3.0, P = 0.001), more agreed they had access to soil testing services (Z = –2.7, P = 0.004), and more agreed that soil management recommendations were easy to understand (Z = –3.4, P < 0.0001) compared with pre-exposure results. Farmers continued to use the soil health test kit and soil health card based on a follow-up survey administered 1 year after project completion. Participatory soil health monitoring projects can improve farmers’ ability to monitor and manage soil health, potentially impacting sustained soil and plant health. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship United States Agency for International Development - United States Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security and iAgri en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The American Phytopathological Society en_US
dc.subject soil health en_US
dc.subject tomato farmers en_US
dc.subject smallholders en_US
dc.subject soil characteristics en_US
dc.subject Morogoro en_US
dc.title Farmer-Focused tools to improve soil health monitoring on smallholder farms in the Morogoro region of Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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