The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) joined various regional and international institutions such as The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Africa Soil Information Service (AFSIS), Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations for Africa Project (OFRA), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Columbia Global Centre and East Africa Farmer Federation (EAFF) at the AGRF 2014 to showcase effective partnership models for addressing soil fertility problems, inappropriate technological recommendations and ineffective information communication. The various institutions are working to improve understating of how various ISFM technologies can be effectively targeted to variable soil, climate and socio-economic conditions to reverse crop yield decline and boost food security and incomes in Africa. The Country level Soil Health Consortia was greatly featured at the AGRF, 2014. Dr. James Mutegi participated at a special event ‘Healthy Soils to Transform Africa’s Smallholder Agriculture’ convened by AGRA where he gave a presentation to highlight IPNI’s efforts promote best fertilizer management practices guided by the 4R Nutrient Stewardship through the Country level Soil Health Consortia project. He gave an overview of the Country-level Soil Health Consortia project funded by AGRA and led by IPNI to support synthesis and harmonization and dissemination of ISFM information. Additionally, over 1000 copies of IPNI nutrient management knowledge products, including the Maize and Soyabean Doctor, Mathematics for Agronomists, International 4R Manual, 4R Extension Handbook and policy bulletins as well as products from the country consortia were distributed to AGRF participants.
Among the key resolutions made at the conclusion of AGRF by the technical Committee was the need to promote initiatives similar to Country-level Soil Health Consortia that facilitate knowledge sharing among stakeholders in the agricultural production value chain.