All Posts by BENEDICT MACLEOD

How nutrient cycling keeps land healthy

WHAT ARE NUTRIENTS? Nutrients are ‘elements’ (types of matter that make up everything we see and feel). All plants and animals require these for growth. As organisms (plants and animals) grow and die, nutrients get passed from their bodies back into the ground. This forms a nutrient cycle. The most

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Ways to maintain good soil health

More efficient use of water and improvements in soil health can lead to average crop yield increases of 79%. Healthy soil is full of organisms that can turn waste and minerals into crucial nutrients (food) for plants. It is important for farming that the soil is kept healthy with enough

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The benefits of good soil health

Soil is an important resource that is useful to us in many different ways. It is central to successful farming and allows plants and trees to grow which can then be used for financial purposes. Both nature and people can affect the health of soil through changes in the climate

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Drought and its impact on Africa

WHAT IS A DROUGHT? A drought is a period of low rainfall in a certain region or area. Such periods result in a lack of water supplies. Droughts can last for months or years, or can disappear after as few as 15 days. Droughts can have a great impact on

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The impact of storms and flooding in Africa

THE IMPACT OF STORMS AND FLOODING IN AFRICA Flooding occurs when a body of water (such as a river or lake) overflows onto dry land. This is normally caused by periods of high rainfall. Floods can cause a lot of damage to land and buildings. They can also be very

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