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OFRA new book on Fertilizer Use Optimization in Sub-Saharan Africa

17 March 2017: A new 228 page book Fertilizer Use Optimization in Sub-Saharan Africa has been published by CABI to share the findings of the Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRAproject. The publication is free to download from the ISFM materials library developed by the Africa Soil Health Consortium.

The new publication  has been welcomed by AGRA.

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In the introduction to the book  Rebbie Harawa, Interim Head, Farmers’ Solution Program, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, stated:

“AGRA is delighted with the success of the OFRA partnership of 13 countries in:

1) developing a strong database of crop nutrient responses while recognizing that more research is needed to address secondary and micro nutrients, intercropping and rotations, and otherwise fine tuning existing information,

2) providing computer and paper Fertilizer Optimisation Tools for 67 recommendation domains

3) effectively applying GIS in sharing research results across recommendation domains and countries

4) capturing in the 17 chapters of this book a great deal of information applicable to fertilizer use optimization within integrated soil fertility management framework, and

5) training many extension staff and other stakeholders, realizing that much more of this is needed to achieve fertilizer use optimization throughout sub-Saharan Africa.”

The book seeks to share lessons from all of the project stages identified by AGRA.

Contents of the book:

The 17 chapters of the book share the lessons from the successes set out by AGRA. The chapters are as follows:

1  Fertilizer Use Optimization: Principles and Approach

2  Spatial Analysis for Optimization of Fertilizer Use

3  Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

4  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Burkina Faso

5  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Ethiopia

6  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Ghana

7  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Kenya 

8  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Mali 

9  Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Malawi 

10 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in  Mozambique        

11 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Niger 

12 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Nigeria 

13 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Rwanda

14 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in  Tanzania              

15 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Uganda 

16 Optimizing Fertilizer Use within an Integrated Soil Fertility Management Framework in Zambia 

17 Enabling Fertilizer Use Optimization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Acknowledgements OFRA is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and jointly led by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Book editors: Charles S. Wortmann and Keith Sones

Publisher: CABI

ISBN (paperback): 978 1 78639 204 6 ISBN (e-book): 978 1 78639 205 3