The Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health – or Global Soil Hub – has been inspired by the UN Food Systems Summit and brings together countries, research organizations, farmers, the private sector and others to improve soil health.
These lessons will help avoid the "one-size-fits" pitfall in achieving a sustainable agricultural transformation agenda at the national level, and at the grass-root level in making meaningful recommendations to farmers for better yields.
Policy makers must look at the broader implications while researchers by nature zoom in on narrow issues, resulting in a communications malfunction between them. A recent paper on a framework for knowledge brokering aptly addresses this issue.
While climate change action is the need of the hour, it’s also important to pay close attention to the trade-offs in each of those action. The recent IPCC 6th assessment report on Climate Change and Land suggests that some responses may have benefits beyond reducing carbon footprints, and result in zero or limited tradeoffs.
Even without climate change, there is an enormous challenge to meet the growing demand for food with the current status of soil health in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Closing this yield gap is possible - with the right technology and best practices - but represents a herculean task.