Realising the potential…
The Challenge: Barren Land
Soil fertility is critical to crop health and has been on the decline for decades. Much of the world’s soil has become devoid of the microorganisms essential in creating organic mineral complexes that make the soil ‘healthy’. Chemical fertiliser is not recommended. Harmful chemicals applied to the soil, including pesticides, herbicides and ammonium-based fertilizers, as well as damaging agriculture practices like cash crop farming, monocropping, intensive ploughing, and the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), have all played their part in the soil’s destruction.
Commercial fertilisers no longer provide a viable solution to bringing the soil back to health. With natural sources of phosphorous being depleted, the cost of its production becomes unaffordable to those who need it most alongside not providing vital nutrition for the soil to replenish.
- Many small farmers receive very little – if any – assistance or training.
- Experts are beset by the paperwork required to evaluate their current work, reducing their ability to work directly with growers.
- Given climate change, soil depletion and erosion, getting best practice in the field is a daunting challenge.
- The funding that is available is largely spent on seeds and fertiliser, leaving very little for training to help farmers bridge their lack of farming skills.
- Small farmers are suffering from very low yields.