The SoilCares Foundation aims to implement innovative soil testing services in Eastern Africa. Through four months of fieldwork in Kenya, we provided them with necessary feedback from customers in the field in Kenya based on interviews and focus group discussions with both existing and potential customers. Most of these consisted of smallholder farmers, often lacking extensive knowledge on the consequences of fertiliser use and monocropping. The intricate context of soil quality (and soil degradation) in Kenya is highly dynamic and soil maintenance for small-scale farmers in Kenya is as troublesome as it is important.
The SoilCares Foundation is working hard to provide farmers with necessary information on their soil quality and advisory reports, detailing the steps these farmers can take to improve their yields. Results from this project have contributed to making their services more suitable to the day-to-day context within which these farmers cultivate their fields.