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.
SoilCares Foundation survey: “Soil testing technology popular with Kenyan farmers; 84% want to continue using it for testing their soils.”
Do farmers in Kenya really benefit from working with new soil testing technology? And how do they perceive the recommendations they receive after testing their soils? Those were some of the most important questions that came up in a survey about the adoption of new soil testing technology that SoilCares Foundation carried out amongst Kenyan farmers earlier this year.Read more