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Soil management in the Pacific to achieve improved crop yields and resilience to climate change

This Small Research and Development Activity aims to establish the situation relating to soil and land management and research in Pacific Island Countries and investigate the opportunities and scope for an ACIAR project.
Agricultural sustainability is threatened by nutrient imbalances, erosion, declining stores of carbon, and soil sealing, and climate change exacerbates these challenges. Whilst these issues have been identified previously, it is not clear why more progress has not been made to mitigate the threats.
This project will review the available project and literature findings on soil management, crop management of vegetables and tubers, and extension with a view to identifying the reasons for success and failure.
This project will undertake a literature review, field visit and workshop to assess research status, priorities, methodologies and impact pathways to adjust soil management in Pacific Island countries' farming systems.