Prospects for Integrated Soil Fertility Management Using Organic and Inorganic Inputs: Evidence from Smallholder African Agricultural Systems

Posted: 26 May 2011

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Frank Place

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

H. Ade Freeman

CGIAR - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Joshua Ramisch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bernard Valauwe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August , 2003

Abstract

This paper reviews current organic nutrient management practices and their integration with mineral fertilizers in Sub-Saharan Africa with a view to understanding the potential impacts on a range of input markets. A number of different organic nutrient management practices have been found to be technically and financially beneficial, but they differ considerably as to their effectiveness and resource requirements. A review of African smallholder experiences with integrated soil fertility management practices finds growing use, both indigenously and through participation in agricultural projects. Patterns of use vary considerably across heterogeneous agroecological conditions, communities and households, but are stimulated by profitable commercially oriented agricultural opportunities. The potential for integrated soil fertility management to expand markets for organic inputs, labor, credit, and fertilizer is explored. We found that there are few direct analyses of these links and indirect evidence at this point in time is inconclusive.

Keywords: nutrient management, integrated soil fertility management, inputs, Africa

Suggested Citation

Place, Frank and Barrett, Christopher B. and Freeman, H. Ade and Ramisch, Joshua and Valauwe, Bernard, Prospects for Integrated Soil Fertility Management Using Organic and Inorganic Inputs: Evidence from Smallholder African Agricultural Systems (August , 2003). Food Policy, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1847671

Frank Place

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H. Ade Freeman

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Joshua Ramisch

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Bernard Valauwe

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