We believe soil is a key resource
Empowering farmers to make informed decisions about soil fertility management will increase yields and reduce costs.
Smallholder farmers dwell on their soil to make a living. For every tonne of maize about 20 kg of nitrogen (N) is removed. If these nutrients are unreplenished soil fertility levels will decline. At present soil fertility levels in rural Africa are decreasing at an unpreceded speed of more than 20 kg N/ha/y. SoilCares Foundation believes that at the end it is only the one that works the land can change the vicious circle of soil fertility loss, declining yields and persisting poverty. Therefore, SoilCares Foundation creates an enabling environment of smallholder farmers to improve their performance; for their livelihoods and for the sustainability of the planet.
“I am happy with SoilCares Services, from the support they give to farmers and the way they answer our questions, indeed they Care"Robert Mutuma Moria / Horticulture farmer, Meru County, Kenya
Our experts that show impact
SoilCares Foundation aims to create lasting impact for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Yet, impact is determined by many factors, both intended and unintended. Therefore, SoilCares Foundation determines the impact of our interventions at farmers level, and beyond.
Surveys to measure the impact of the Scanner on farmers livelihoods
Monitoring and evaluation is about being clear about what you do and what you achieve. SoilCares Foundation performs random surveys on the impact of the Scanner on farmers livelihoods and coping strategies. Surveys are performed throughout the growing season, next to group discussions and farm interviews.
Director SoilCares Foundation says goodbye, with a smile
Per March 1, 2021 SoilCares Foundation’ director Christy van Beek will take up a new opportunity. Leaving SoilCares Foundation isn’t easy, she says, but she is proud of what has been achieved and looks back at more than 4 exciting years.
Soil health improves significantly in one year
Since its launch in 2017 in Kenya, the AgroCares scanner has been used more than 100,000 times for soil analyses. Among farmers that tested their soils with the scanner, many of them repeated soil analyses year after year. We compared results from 9 fields randomly selected in Kenya that were sampled in 2019 (or the year before) and in 2020. This study shows consistent and positive results!Read more
2020 Impact study on AgroCares scanners in Kenya
In October 2020, 60 decibels, an independent impact measurement company assessed the impact of the AgroCares' scanner on the livelihoods of farmers in Kenya. What they found is that, even in times of pandemic crisis, informed based decisions had a positive impact of the lives of most of the 260 interviewed farmers.Read more