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25 Years

Soils and Surveys: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Rural Livelihoods in the Republic of Georgia

Date: 
Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
537 Heller Hall

Sabrina Badger, Department of Soil, Water & Climate 

Although Georgia is considered a medium income country, the half of the population which relies on agriculture for their income largely live in poverty.  The country’s agricultural system is characterized by a diversity of crops grown mostly on smallholder farms under 2 ha (5 acres) with yields for most crops stagnating or decreasing since the country gained independence from the USSR in 1991. This talk will describe a study undertaken in summer 2018 as part of the speaker’s PhD, which combined interviews and soil samples in order to identify agronomic practices that could be targeted in future projects to help improve the profitability of smallholder farms.  Preliminary data and impressions will be shared, with community discussion and input welcome.