Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
Community Empowerment through Natural Resources, Agricultural Resources and Technology (CENART,CONSORT)
This description of Nelson Kariuki's work was prepared when Nelson Kariuki was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The use of inorganic fertilizers over the years has left agricultural land all over Africa with acidic soils that have a reduced capacity to retain nutrients that plants need to grow. Yields have fallen by over 60 percent over the last 50 years in some areas and food being consumed has had increasingly reduced nutritive value. Nelson Kariuki has had the regulatory framework for the roll out of an organic fertilizer industry established in Kenya. In addition to the nutritive value of organic fertilizer to crops, it also has the ability to repair acidic soils. Nelson sees the widespread use of organic fertilizer as a fundamental shift that will begin to turn around the adverse effects that inorganic fertilizer has had on soils over the years.
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