Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability

The vision for a deforestation-free Amazon

The Amazon Vision Program, an initiative of the Colombian government, with the support of the Governments of Norway, United Kingdom and Germany, seeks to promote a new model of development in the Amazon that will improve the living conditions of its inhabitants through productive alternatives that do not cause deforestation to the already battered forest.

Our land is wise: it will treat us the way we treat it

18th WOCAT Networking Meeting ‒ Promoting Sustainable Land Management and Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals Seventy percent of the world's available water resources are being used in agriculture, while 43% of degradation worldwide is caused by overgrazing....

Living soils and some surprising results

By Job Kihara, Peter Bolo, Michael Kinyua, John Mukalama, Rolf Sommer, and Andrew Margenot.   “Where farmyard manure has been added, there is living soil. But the soil is dead where there is only mineral fertilizer application”. This statement by Erest Omulama, a...

Tropical grasses: feed and plumber

The pastures that cattle graze also act as their “toilets”. This is because, as cattle eat grass, they periodically urinate and, therefore, randomly deposit urine on the soil surface. Once in the soil, the deposited urine results in the creation of patches that are generally characterized by high concentrations of nitrogen.

Louis Verchot

Louis Verchot

Director, Soils Research Area

l.verchot@cgiar.org

This CIAT Blog was launched in January 2016. For articles related to soils prior to this date, visit our former blog. Please note the soils blog is not updated anymore.

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