Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
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Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evolving Paradigms Toward Integration

  • Jayne MugweEmail author
  • Felix Ngetich
  • Erick Oduor Otieno
Reference work entry


Integrated soil fertility management is defined as a set of soil fertility management practices that necessarily include the use of fertilizer, organic inputs, and improved germplasm combined with the knowledge on how to adapt these practices to local conditions, aiming at maximizing agronomic use efficiency of the applied nutrients and improving crop productivity (Vanlauwe et al. 2010; Sanginga and Woomer 2009). Notably, before the inception of ISFM, there were shortfalls associated with sole mineral fertilizers use such as environmental and health concerns, high cost, and unavailability.


The world is experiencing a population rise that calls for food production intensification. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) alone could have a projected 2.7 billion people by the year 2060 (Canning et al. 2015). By the year 2013, the region had 23% of its population being food insecure, while 40% of the children demonstrated stunted growth (UNICEF 2013). Currently, approximately 815...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jayne Mugwe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Felix Ngetich
    • 2
  • Erick Oduor Otieno
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Science and TechnologyKenyatta UniversityNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Department of Land and Water ManagementUniversity of EmbuEmbuKenya

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