A finite resource: soil

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Watch this animation to learn more about the importance and benefits of soils and the hazards currently facing them.

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Once soil is degraded, it can take hundreds of years to regenerate into fertile farmland.
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Planting trees on farms, increases the capacity of soils to hold water.

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Terracing land vastly reduces soil erosion and encourages maximum water absorption into the land.

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Diversifying crops (in this case mangoes and sukima) balances soil nutrients and makes the most of limited water resources.

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I hardly harvested anything before, but now you can see what is happening: The maize has outgrown the others because the Dolichos improved the nutrient level of the soil. Terraces have also done a great thing for me, water used to flow from the road through the farm, washing away all the seeds and crops after germination. Now, today, the water sinks into the soil.

Mutezi Mwilu, Munathi self-help group, southeast Kenya.

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