In this 90-second video, Brent Sipes of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa overviews a soil-health-focused strategy for smallholder potato farmers to manage nematode incidence.
Nematodes can seriously affect the yield of potatoes. Sipes’ approach to managing nematodes is improving soil health and increasing biological activity within soil. In Guatemala, his team is working with farmers to add compost to potato production in order to bolster soil health and deter nematodes.
Sipes is leading a research team that is working with smallholder potato farmers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala on integrated technologies for nematode and soil health management, with the goal that farmers achieve sustainable yields that provide income, food and nutritional security.
This video debuted at the 2018 Horticulture Innovation Lab annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.