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Farmers to embrace use of NoduMax to boost soybean productivity in new campaign in Nigeria

Christine Alokit: Soybean is one of the cheapest protein sources that is used for various purposes for both human consumption and livestock feed. In human food, the grain can be roasted or fried and eaten as a snack, processed for multiple uses including soy-milk, cooking oil, infant weaning foods, kebabs and potential use in breweries. […]

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Africa Soil Health Consortium: The story so far

Dannie Romney, Africa Soil Health Consortium project executive, took an opportunity to review the progress of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) as it reaches the half way point in the current Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant programme. She shares the teams views on the achievements, lessons and challenges from the past two years. ASHC is […]

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ASHC putting three more countries on its map

5 August 2017: The ASHC team is looking ahead to the new campaigns to support partner projects in East and West Africa… Soybean, cassava and bananas are all in the mix.  Overview The ASHC  funding agreement requires that the majority of the work has to be conducted in one or more of  five priority countries Ghana and Nigeria […]

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Movies & SMS inform soy farmers in N Ghana

21 July 2017: Duncan Sones, one of the communications specialists on the ASHC team reflects on the recent soybean campaign in Northern Ghana. This campaign has been delivered by the Africa Soil Health Consortium and its partners with support from the Gender and Legumes Alliance project.  The rains have arrived in Northern Ghana, and our […]

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1.75 million SMSs push UPTAKE of new technologies

10 July 2017: Stephanie Gakuo, UPTAKE project manager reflects on the progress and emerging lessons from the project and the recent SMS campaigns. The full name of the UPTAKE project is Upscaling Agricultural Technologies through Knowledge and Extension. The agricultural technologies include a combination of the use of inputs that include  seed, fertilizer and pest and disease control technologies, along with the promotion […]

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OFRA and the fertilizer data legacy…

5 July 2017: Following the recent close-out workshop of OFRA we asked Martin Macharia, the projects data manager at CABI, to talk us through the achievement of objective 1 to improve use of research data to support fertilizer recommendations. Making a database I think it would be good to start with a summary of the achievements […]

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Campaign-based approaches in development

7 June 2017: In both East and West Africa the ASHC team is working to develop multi-media campaign. Duncan Sones reviews the question What do we mean by a campaign-based approach? The ASHC approach has seen us facilitating the creation of partnership across a number of organization that together can deliver a multiple-media campaign. The aim of […]

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Christine Alokit: Bananas, veg & a fertilizer film

27 April 2017: Christine Alokit is the face of ASHC in Uganda, as a part of her responsibilities for CABI in the country. She explains how she has worked with ASHC: Today we are meeting with the Banana Agronomy Project in Kampala, Uganda. The project is exploring ways of improving scalable banana agronomy for small-scale farmers in highland banana cropping systems […]

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Soybean training days at Tanzania demo plots

21 April: SILT partner David Kijazi, from the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, writes: The team at the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership  has organized a new round of farmers’ field days at the soybean demonstration sites in Southern Tanzania.  We will be carrying out 8 training days at the end of April/ beginning of May. Last year we attracted 1,133 people at the 15 […]

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Ghana: Fertilizer guidance draws in private sector

20 April Harrison Rware, from the OFRA implementation team, writes: A research brief published by OFRA partners in Ghana, the Soil Research Institute (CSIR-SRI), recommends a new approach to fertilizer production and distribution. The brief specifically targets the private sector and recommends that fertilizer producing companies work closely with CSIR-SRI in the development and validation of fertilizer blends, with […]

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