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Fertilizer Optimization Tool pays dividends for farmers in Uganda

CABI extension workers meet with farmers in Kidoko to advise on how to maximise the benefits of the Fertilizer Optimization Tool By Dr Monica Kansiime, Scientist Seed Systems, based at CABI in Nairobi, Kenya A decision support tool that allows an extension agent to take into account a number of the farmers’ circumstances and investment goals […]

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Fertilizer Optimization Tool helps return son to teacher training school

FOT pays off for Charles Wafula who is now able to help his son continue teacher training By Monica Kansiime, Scientist Seed Systems, based at CABI in Nairobi, Kenya In a previous blog post I outlined how the Fertilizer Optimization Tool (FOT) is paying dividends for farmers – helping them, in some cases, to report […]

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Soybean Innovation Lab and CABI explore a stepwise investment approach using technology bundles

Duncan Sones of CABI-led Africa Soil Health Consortium project explains what has been going on in Northern Ghana. The book Nudge explains the authors’ Nobel Prize-winning idea to adapt policy approaches to encourage people to make decisions that are in their broad self-interest. It’s not about penalizing people financially if they don’t act in certain […]

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Africa Soil Health Consortium builds NARO’s capacity in communication material development

Authored by: Abigael Mchana Developing fit-for-purpose, interactive and effective communication materials for farmers and their intermediaries is not an easy task. You cannot create a poster with generic text or images and then distribute it to your audience en-masse. It requires an in-depth analysis of your primary stakeholder, an understanding of your audience’s preferred communication […]

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Africa Soil Health Consortium benefits from Cornell University’s Agriknowledge project to reach a wider audience

Agriknowledge and the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) have entered into a partnership that will increase access and utilization of ASHC materials beyond the project’s life. Agriknowledge, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF) funded project managed by Cornell University is an online, publically available collection of information resources that includes reports, white papers, policy […]

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Soybean Farmers in Nigeria Embrace New Production Technologies

There is a growing interest and enthusiasm in the production of soybean among farmers in selected states in Nigeria as new yield-enhancing and soil fertility-improving technologies are being introduced to them through an integrated farmer education campaign. A collaboration between CABI’s Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC), Intrio Synergy Limited, a Nigeria-based private agricultural value chain […]

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‘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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