Soil Degradation

Soil degradation is a significant environmental problem exacerbated by climate change and the improper use of land. Manifested by erosion, a loss of organic matter and a decline in soil fertility, soil degradation inhibits crop growth and thus creates unstable growing conditions.


In order to combat soil degradation and increase household food security, CPAR promotes the universal application of Conservation Agriculture. By emphasizing minimal tillage, cover cropping, intercropping and crop rotation, farmers are able to use land in a way that rehabilitates infertile land. Conservation Agriculture minimizes soil disturbance, retaining moisture, nutrients and soil structure, thus improving soil fertility and growing capacity.

Have a look at the videos to find out how people in Tanzania and Canada are improving their own soil, and check out a list of resources to see what you can do to make improvements of your own.