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Abigael Mchana

‘Switching’ on to ICT approaches to gender in extension services

Duncan Sones, of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) delivery team, looks back on six years of concept and project development that could unlock changes in farmer’s ability to effectively access improved technologies… I don’t know about you but when I hear about something for the first time, I rarely take in all the nuanced […]

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Early lessons from GALA on messages and channel selection

Silvia Silvestri reflects on the lessons emerging from the Gender and the Legume Alliance project. The GALA project is designed to support small-scale farming households to improving their capacity to access and use information and knowledge, to achieve sustainable legume intensification. The scale-up work in Ghana and Tanzania will leave a valuable legacy amongst small-scale […]

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10 steps to sustainable business models for smallholder farmer market development programs …

By: Edward Baars, Silvia Silvestri and Duncan Sones An honest assessment of the supply chains for improved legume inputs shows that holistic solutions are needed. The move to sustainable business models, however, will mean that many flaws need to be addressed. In some cases, what looks like the solution is just reframing the problem. But […]

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Smarter fertilizer recommendations

Harrison Rware explores how mobile phones are central to the next chapter of OFRA Between 2013 and 2017 CABI, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and 13 national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) formed a consortium that explored new ways of delivering smart fertilizer recommendations. The project was called Optimising Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRA). The […]

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Countrywise Communication Ghana in collaboration with Cabi premiers Campaign Video For Soya Beans Production

Countrywise communication Ghana in collaboration with Cabi, on monday, the 28th of May 2018, premiered a campaign video for soya bean production at the Oasis lounge in Tamale. The event brought together partner organizations, government officials and the media. Read more of this story here.    

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Showcasing smart agriculture in comic exhibition

First published in the CABI blog. Comics have long played a role in entertaining young people, and even adults, going right back to the Golden Age of Comic books in the 1930s. One only has to think of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and many more. But you would be forgiven for being surprised […]

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Family-centric cinema: a Q&A on changing the conversation for women in agriculture

First published in the CABI blog. Women need first-hand information and knowledge about new agricultural technologies to have a say on how family farms are run, according to Dannie Romney, Global Director, Development, Communication and Extension, CABI. Dannie is currently Project Executive for the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) and Gender and the Legume Alliance(GALA) […]

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Multi-media campaign helps improve food security in Tanzania

First published in the CABI website.  A multi-media campaign has helped CABI and partner agencies in Tanzania improve food security in Tanzania by encouraging thousands of farmers to adopt improved legume technologies including ways to produce healthier and more profitable crops of common bean and soybean. The collaborative project led by FRI, CABI and AFAP, […]

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Linking farmers with providers of inputs for sustainable production

First published on the SAIRLA website on 03 January, 2018 With a large crowd gathered, the screening then switched to the serious business of ‘Growing Soybeans’ and the crowd hushed. This was one of hundreds of screenings by Countrywise-Ghana to inform farming communities of good agricultural practices for soybean production. Countrywise-Ghana produce and distribute videos […]

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ASHC Forges Partnerships to Boost Soybean Production in Nigeria

The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) has forged strategic partnerships with key private and public sector stakeholders to roll out an integrated farmer education campaign that is expected to lead to a significant boost in soybean production in nine (9) states in Nigeria. The campaign which is led in-country by Intrio Synergy Limited (ISL) with […]

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