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Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): a citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa

Kelly, C. and Wynants, M. and Wynants, Maarten and Patrick, A. and Taylor, A. and Mkilema, F. and Nasseri, M. and Lewin, S. and Munishi, L. and Mtei, K. and Ndakidemi, P. and Blake, W. (2022). Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): a citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa. Environmental Research Letters. 17 :8 , 085003
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Abstract

Pastoralist communities worldwide face complex challenges regarding food and feed productivity. Primary production systems are under stress, nutritional choices are changing and the relationship between development and agriculture is undergoing profound transformation. Under increasing pressure from climate and land use change, East African agro-pastoral systems are approaching a tipping point in terms of land degradation. There is an urgent need for evidence-led sustainable land management interventions to reverse degradation of natural resources that support food and water security. A key barrier, however, is a lack of high spatial resolution soil health data wherein collecting such information for each individual community is beyond their means. In this context, we tested whether bridging such data gaps could be achieved through a coordinated programme at the boundary between participation and citizen science. Key outputs included a community-led trial of a hand-held soil scanner, which highlighted a range of positive benefits and practical challenges in using this technology in this context, with identification of some potential solutions; and a targeted soil organic matter and nutrient status dataset in a small catchment-based community setting. The results show that if the practical challenges can be resolved, use of portable soil scanner technology has the potential to fill key knowledge gaps and thereby improve resilience to the threat of land degradation through locally responsive farmer and community decision-making.

Authors/Creators:Kelly, C. and Wynants, M. and Wynants, Maarten and Patrick, A. and Taylor, A. and Mkilema, F. and Nasseri, M. and Lewin, S. and Munishi, L. and Mtei, K. and Ndakidemi, P. and Blake, W.
Title:Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): a citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Research Letters
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:17
Number:8
Article number:085003
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:IOP Publishing Ltd
ISSN:1748-9326
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:soils, citizen science, soil erosion, Tanzania, agritech, resilience, community participation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118581
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118581
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1088/1748-9326/ac8300
Web of Science (WoS)000835057600001
ID Code:28640
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 07:37
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 07:41

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