International Year of the Soils - Podcast

  • Discussing soil quality management in Malawi

     
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     In this edition of Nkhani ya Nthaka, host Toni Gonani of Dzimwe Community Radio looks at soil quality management with his guest, agricultural extension worker from Lake Basin Program, Mr. Johns Kaimbwa. He explains what soil quality management is and how it is an effective method to keep sustainable soils for better productions. They also discuss the importance of planting certain trees as natural resources to improve the fertility of the soils.

    Photo provided by: Toni Gonani


    Dzimwe Community Radio
    Malawi
    Chichewa |
    November 16, 2015


  • Vetiver, a solution to soil erosion

     
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     Toni Gonani of Dzimwe Community Radio interviews Mr Jones Kaimbwa, an extension worker from Malawi Lake Basin Program. They discuss soil erosion and an ecological solution to erosion; vetiver grass. This type of grass helps to hold soil tight and prevents erosion caused by rainfall. It is available to farmers, easily cared for and can be used to produce manure.

    Photo provided by: Toni Gonani

    Dzimwe Community Radio
    Malawi
    Chichewa |
    November 11, 2015


  • The benefits of soil conservation

     
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    Soil conservation refers to the prevention or reduction of soil erosion and soil depletion by protective measures against water and wind damage. For quite a long time, people have been reliant on soil to feed them, but nothing tangible has been discussed on how best it can be sustained for future generation. Dzimwe Community Radio hosted a live talk with the Advisor from the Ministry of agriculture for Mbwadzulu EPA, Mr. Daudi Katoma to explain to the audience how best we can take care of our soils.

    Mr. Katoma highlighted the need of adopting conservation agriculture as a way of protecting soil from erosion and depletion. He emphasised that this method have many advantages as compared to conventional agriculture which shortens the life span of soil because of the dangerous chemicals that are applied to the soils. Among other things Mr. Daudi Katoma stated that, conservation agriculture improves soil structure and protects the soil from erosion and nutrients losses by maintaining a permanent soil cover and minimizes soil disturbances. He also explained that conservation agriculture requires significantly less water use due to increased infiltration and enhances water holding capacity from crop residues left on the soil surface. Mulches also protect the soil from extreme temperature and reduce evaporation. This can help a farmer to harvest even during the times of dry spell and drought.

    Photo: © Toni Gonani

    Dzimwe Community Radio
    Malawi
    Chichewa |
    November 9, 2015


  • The origin and characteristics of the soil in Slovenia and how can we analyze soil in our garden?

     
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    In this audio, Radio Marš and NGO Semenska (Seed Guardians Association) emphasize on the importance of soil protection, biodiversity and sustainable protection. They encourage the audience to practice natural farming, a method to maintain and protect a healthy and natural ecosystem. They also talk about the structure and function of soils and the process of soil formation and explain the pedogenic factors (parent material, climate relief, living organisms and time on soil formation). In the second part of the audio, they explain how to analyze the quality of soil in the garden using simple techniques and answer question such as:

    • How can you take a good quality soil sample?
    • What is the meaning of the colour and of the consistency of the soil?
    • What is the difference between the acidity or alkalinity of a soil, soil structure and texture?
    • What is the role of microorganisms and the meaning of other particles in the soil?

    In the last part of the audio, they explain why Slovenia has a lot of different soil types and introduce the listeners to the most common soil types in Slovenia (rendzina soil, brown soil, jerovica soil and peat soil).

    Radio Marš
    Slovenia
    Slovenian |
    November 4, 2015


  • DonnaLonna Kitchen talks about soils

     
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    In this audio production, hosts Donna Prizgintas and Lonna Nachtigal of DonnaLonna Kitchen present an edited compilation of three interviews. The first segment features Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Mr. Kirschenmann has a conversation on soil's effective carbon sequestration with agronomist Josef Biechler from the Carbon Underground research center in Costa Rica. In the second segment, Lonna Nachtigal and Joe Lynch have an Iowa prairie walk with Roger Maddox who has restored a beautifully diverse native prairie ecosystem. In the third segment, DonnaLonna Kitchen has a conversation with Martin Prechtel, author and Native Worldview teacher about indigenous care and the value of soil.

    KHOI FM
    United States of America
    English |
    November 2, 2015