Soil and Water Management
AREA provides science-based recommendations to help Haitian farmers sustainably manage soil and water resources. help increase agricultural productivity and food security.
Soil Fertility Management Program
The objectives of the soil fertility management program are to:
- Map the spatial distribution of key soil attributes to inform soil fertility management research and extension.
- Establish and evaluate multiple approaches for soil restoration and its sustainable conservation.
- Make recommendations to farmers and other land managers to improve soil ferility and crop yields.
We have developed comprehensive soil maps throughout the Feed the Future West Corridor to provide information on soil attributes that will help farmers create strategies to better manage their farms. Also, AREA is strengthening the capacity of agricultural professionals to map soils using digital tools and interpret data to provide farmers with expert soil management recommendations, such as precise formulas of fertilizers to use.
Workshops on soil fertility
Dr. Wesly Jeune, the leader of AREA's soil fertility program, led two workshops in 2018 on how to improve the fertility of Haiti’s soils.
Jeune guided the participants through a training on the approaches to characterize the fertility and productivity of soils. Improving Haitian soils, many of which have been degraded by erosion, is a crucial element in improving the country's agricultural sector.
The workshops were held at the Rural Center for Sustainable Development (CRDD) of Bas-Boën. Learn more and link to the slide presentations.