For Tropical Institute of Development Innovations, Natural Resource Management, particularly on sustainable intensification of farming systems, is a priority that is becoming more and more essential. Climate change, unsustainable farming practices, poor and degraded soils–all contribute to low productivity of crops and farms. As part of this goal we aim to restore 7000 hectares of badly degraded farmlands by 2030. Through our sustainable development and restoration projects, we aim to transform traditional cultivation practices into those that are environmentally sustainable and more effective at managing precious natural resources. By creating better cropping practices that use fewer natural resources we secure farmers’ welfare by guaranteeing consistent mulberry yields, and at the same time safeguarding the environment for the future.
Using a livelihoods perspective, we look at soil biological processes, beneficial organisms and their mechanisms, management strategies, and soil input products to ensure effective nutrient-use. We develop best-fit integrated soil fertility management practices, including matching improved germplasm and technologies specific to farm niches and using farmers’ innovations and community-based planning to manage ecosystem services