Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (TSBF-CIAT)

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1984, as the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme within International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Current name adopted in Dec 2001 when agreement between CIAT and the TSBF Programme led to the latter becoming an institute of CIAT. Also referred to as TSBF Institute. Ceased to exist prior to 2015.


Strengthen national and international capacity to manage tropical ecosystems sustainably for human well-being, with a particular focus on soil, biodiversity and primary production; reduce hunger and poverty in the tropics through scientific research leading to new technology and knowledge; ensure environmental sustainability through research on the biology and fertility of tropical soils, targeted interventions, building scientific capability and contributions to policy.

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Operates as part of CIAT's research programme; carries out holistic approach to soil fertility research that embraces the full range of driving factors and consequences of soil degradation (biological, physical, chemical, social, cultural, economic and political) and addresses the full chain of interactions from resources to production systems to markets, socio-cultural forces and policies. Programme areas (6): intensification and diversification of cropping systems; managing genetic resources of soil for enhanced productivity and plant health; moving from plot to landscape scale to address sustainable land management challenges; understanding farm-level social, cultural and gender dynamics; linking farmers to markets; collaboration and strengthen of NARES capacity. Ensures that partners are kept at the forefront of conceptual and methodological advances by conducting and promoting review, synthesis and dissemination of knowledge; organizes workshops, training courses, sabbaticals and short exchange visits; develops alliances with institutions across the research, educational and developmental spectrum; provides support and coordinates actions among partners in preparation, submission, implementation and publication of research projects; demonstrates tangible results by taking policy-makers to the fields.


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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Tropical Zones
  • Geology
    • Soil
  • Biosciences
    • Biology
    • Growth
  • Geography
    • Ecology
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development
  • Policy-making
    • Policy
  • Harmony
    • Diversity

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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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