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Varda at FertBrasil: Introducing SoilHive

Varda at FertBrasil: Introducing SoilHive

Brazil, like many parts of the world, is making significant investments in soil knowledge and innovations in plant nutrition.


Rafael Pereira



We recently had the privilege of attending FertBrazil, a conference dedicated to these very topics and the experience was enlightening and full of potential for future collaborations. 


At FertBrazil, we were treated to a wealth of knowledge from leading experts in the field. One highlight was the presentation by Professor Achim Dobermann from the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in France. He shared his extensive work with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on creating a comprehensive database that tracks cropland nutrient budgets and nutrient use efficiency from 1961 to 2020. This database covers essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Professor Dobermann's insights underscored how Brazil has significantly improved its nutrient use efficiency in recent years and still holds ample room for further advancements. 


The  FertBrazil conference, also offered an occasion for our team to meet agriculture and soil experts by organising a side event. We had the opportunity to present SoilHive's work from the past few years. SoilHive is our initiative focused on facilitating access, sharing and comparison of soil data, acting as an open repository for stakeholders across various sectors. This event was a success, drawing interest from key researchers from diverse organizations and universities. 


The high level of interest and active participation from attendees was both encouraging and inspiring. The feedback we received was valuable, pointing to the potential for meaningful future collaborations. The discussions were particularly insightful, with many participants eager to address critical issues such as data sharing and data quality. These conversations revealed a common set of challenges faced by many institutions, highlighting the need for a collaborative approach. 


What struck us the most was the collective agreement on the importance of collaboration over duplication of efforts. It was great to see a shared understanding that moving forward together is far more effective than working in isolation. This philosophy aligns with SoilHive's mission to foster partnerships and collaborations across different institutions. By facilitating the sharing and re-use of data from past and current projects, SoilHive aims to be a cornerstone in the journey towards more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices. 


Our experience at FertBrazil reaffirmed our belief in the power of collaboration. We are excited about the potential collaborations that have begun at this event and look forward to continued engagement with all stakeholders involved. By working together, we hope to enhance our understanding of the soil environment and develop solutions that will accelerate our progress toward more sustainable food production. 


As we reflect on the productive discussions and the enthusiastic participation at FertBrazil, we are filled with optimism for the future. The collective effort and willingness to share knowledge and resources will undoubtedly lead to significant advancements in plant nutrition and soil management. We are committed to continuing this journey and are eager to see the innovative solutions that will emerge from these collaborations. 


FertBrazil was not just an event; it was a catalyst for new ideas, partnerships, and a shared vision for a more sustainable agricultural future. We look forward to building on the momentum generated at this conference and are confident that, together, we can make significant strides in improving soil health and nutrient management. 

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