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Food experts blame poor soils for Africa’s food insecurity 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Lack of soil micronutrients is to blame for poor food security, stagnant growth and severe health problems in Africa, food security experts said in a new report released on Tuesday.

Food Africa, the report conducted by a team of researchers on enhancing food security in West and East Africa, revealed that overcoming micronutrient deficiencies in soils is the solution to the problem that has affected agriculture in the continent.

The report finds that Africa’s top soil lack manganese, iron, zinc and boron.

The study that was conducted in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda calls on African governments to embark on availing the right information to farmers to help them make economic returns.

Mercy Nyambura, Head of Spectral Laboratory, University of Mahammed VI Polytechnic in Morocco and one of the lead researchers, said governments must start moving away from availing blanket fertilizers to offering customized fertilizers.

“Customized fertilizers help reduce risks incurred by farmers and increasing good harvests,” she told journalists in Nairobi.

Nyambura said that nutritional deficiencies are responsible for child under-nutrition.

“Soil micronutrients are important for plant, animal and human nutrition,” she noted.

             

 

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