Keith Shepherd

Principal Soil Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Former Co-leader of the Restoring Degraded Landscapes Research Theme, WLE

WLE Science Focal Point for ICRAF

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Keith Shepherd is a principal soil scientist at ICRAF with over 30 years’ research experience in tropical land management. He leads ICRAF’s science domain on land health and the Centre’s Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory. His research focuses on decision analytics and the development and application of land health surveillance and response – an evidence-based approach for monitoring and assessing land and soil health and targeting interventions for land improvement. He holds a PhD in agricultural botany from University of Reading, UK.

Content authored by Keith Shepherd

  • Blog Post

    Investing in soil health key to closing the yield gaps

  • Terrace system with seedling rice (lime green) and maize (darker green) above Khudi, Nepal.

    Catalogue of promising crop varieties of mountain agriculture

  • Predicted soil macro-nutrient concentrations (0–30 cm) for Sub-Saharan Africa. All values are expressed in ppm

    Soil nutrient maps of Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Farmers group training on nursery management, South Sulawesi

    Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory

  • Blog Post

    The Soil Scientists’ Lament

  • Blog Post

    Do you trust your gut instinct?