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Legume Alliance Tanzania – blog

ASA in Tanzania: Seeds of Success

20 March 2017: Charles Levi of the Agricultural Seed Agency in Tanzania spells out the progress to make improved seed more readily available to farmers… Legumes are a staple part of the Tanzanian diet – and almost everyone with a piece of land will grow them.  So, you might expect that legume seed sales would be an important part of […]

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Tanzania: Fertilizer gives hope to soybean farmers

13 March 2017: Daniel Lungo is a small-scale farmer who grows soya beans in Utiga, a village in Njombe Region, in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, where the weather is cold and the soil is sandy. Mr Lungo, a father of five,  has been growing soya beans on his half-acre farm for the past three years. For him, 2016 […]

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The right wave length: 70,000 radio interactions in Tanzania

28 February 2017: Japhet Emmanuel reviews the progress of Farm Radio International and its partners in disseminating messages to farmers in Tanzania: The common bean and soybean radio campaigns are now in full swing. So far, nearly 90 radio programs have been broadcast, each with a weekly repeat. We have clocked up over 67,750 interactions […]

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SILT demo plots help close the yield gap

David Kijazi of AFAP writes: 26 February 2017: Last growing season our focus was common bean – this season our emphasis has moved to soybean. 16 scale-up demonstration plots have been planted with soybean this season. Each plot is one acre. The inputs being demonstrated are seed varieties Uyole 1 and 2 with DAP fertilizer and the […]

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Maximising partnerships to scale-up legume technologies in Tanzania

23 February 2017: James Watiti reflects on the progress to date of the CABI members of the SILT project team The great thing about the SILT project is that we have a partnership that means we can do much more than we could achieve individually. At the heart of the project is a series of scale-up campaigns to […]

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Update from the SILT MSc students in Tanzania 

20 February 2017: Masso, Cargele, from IITA, updates us on the MSc research work happening in Tanzania: It good to report that all of the SILT (Scaling-up Improved Legume Technologies) students are making strong progress with their research. I have reported before that four female candidates were among the top five best applicants This was […]

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Access to market key to adopting improved legume technologies

30 January 2017: Monica Kansiime, seed systems scientist, CABI, writes: In the southern highlands of Tanzania, people’s livelihoods are dependent on what farmers can grow for food and sale. Legumes, such as common beans, soybean and groundnut, are good protein sources and play a key role in nutritional security and household incomes. But yields lately […]

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IITA maps out its role in SILT research

1 December 2016: In this blog Dr Cargele Masso sets out the role being played by IITA to help make the Scaling-Up Improved Legume Technologies (SILT) project a success: I am working with a group of colleagues to support 5 students to create a series of rigorous research projects aligned to the SILT. Dr Fredrick […]

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The Shujaaz Legume Alliance campaign

29 November 2016 Lucky Komba, producer at Shujaaz, writes: The Legume Alliance contacted Shujaaz to see if we could make bean farming ‘cool’ again! This was no easy challenge. Our recent national survey showed that young Tanzanian’s are far from embracing the opportunities available to them in agriculture: “When you tell us to go do […]

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Mid-term review process begins …

24 October 2016: At the end of September the partners in the Scaling-up Improved Legume Technologies (SILT)  project met to review their progress and plan for the mid-term review. Duncan Sones,  from the CABI delivery team,  looks at the progress and challenges that this process uncovered. The idea behind SILT is simple. A consortium of […]

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