Poor quality soil is the cause of many of the evils that plague poor countries, from hunger and poverty to environmental devastation caused by slash-and-burn farming. Dr. Sanchez, whose work earned him the 2002 World Food Prize, has taught 150,000 small-scale African farmers how to boost yields by improving their soil. He plans to use the $250,000 prize to continue his work.
As many of you probably know, healthy soil is what Mort Mather and I preach at our organic gardening web site. Healthy soil grows healthy plants which are naturally disease, pest, and drought resistant.