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Bibliography Kopel, E.; Pamphilon, B. (2023) Innovative soil improvement training for increasing Jiwaka semi-subsistence farmers sweet potato production: lessons for application and sustainability, NRI Spotlight, Vol.16 (12), 5 pages, National Research Institute, Boroko, NCD, URL:
Abstract / Content summary This article discusses the findings of a study which investigated the social and economic impacts of soil improvement training offered to farmers through collaboration between international and national research partners and a community organisation in Jiwaka: Voice for Change (Kopel and Pamphilon, 2022). The paper outlines key factors that improved farmer learning, application and transfer of soil improvement skills which can contribute to increased productivity, income and enhance livelihoods. It also highlights several of the main challenges that limited farmer take-up of the application of soil improvement methods and increased cultivation of a variety of sweet potatoes. The article ends with lessons of farmer learning for agricultural extension strategies aimed at soil improvement and knowledge transfer at the village level.
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