B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Land degradation can either be a natural or man-made process which impairs the capacity of the land to function.
Soils are affected in the process when acidification, sedimentation, contamination and erosion, occurs.
Land degradation lowers the soil fertility status due to the removal of change in the chemical and physical properties in the top soil and organic matter.
The situation in Uganda indicates that soil degradation is on the increase coupled with farmers over tilling the land minus replenishing it to cause fertility.
As such there is concerted effort by different players including Naro, Ministry of agriculture and Agri pro focus under an initiative Soil Cares aiming to bring on board farmers in a bid to improve their soil fertility. Read more