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ISFM learning support materials (1/4) – PowerPoint

These materials are designed to support lecturers and trainers to deliver a series of up to 4 lectures based on the content of the ASHC manual for integrated soil fertility management:

  • History of approaches to soil fertility management in SSA
  • Focus on mineral fertilizer use
  • The use of low-input methods for soil fertility improvement
  • Towards the integration of fertilizer and organic resource use
  • Definition of ISFM
  • Use of mineral fertilizers
  • Use of organic inputs
  • Use of improved germplasm
  • Effect of combining the use of fertilizer, organic inputs and germplasm Importance of local adaptation
  • Optimizing agronomic efficiency
  • Sound agronomic principles
  • Sound economic principles

Each of the PowerPoint slides has supporting notes to help a lecturer to explain all of the essential element of ISFM there are also suggestions for exercises to consolidate the learning.



Lecture 1 - The principles of ISFM - is a set of  30 PowerPoint slides designed for lecturers and trainers to help students to gain an understanding of the principles of ISFM. There are also suggestions for exercises to consolidate the learning. This PowerPoint follows chapter 3 of the ASHC Handbook for ISFM.

Target Audience:
Education, Students, Technical College, Trainers in ISFM, University
Africa Soil Health Consortium, Wageningen University and Research centre
Cropping Stages:
Growing/field management, Harvest, Planning and land preparation, Planting, Post-harvest & storage
Prepared by Greta van den Brand and Professor Ken Giller
Reference Number:
ASHC 0326-L1


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