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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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Martin Macharia talks soil, data, blends and apps

12 April 2017: The Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRA) project has had a busy few months. We have just published our book Fertilizer Use Optimization in sub-Saharan Africa. So far over 60 copies have been downloaded from the website and a further 750 copies printed. This will mean that all our partners will have hard copies of the publication to help […]

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Film distribution for ‘all the farming family’

12 April 2017: When ASHC delivers training in media production we stress – do not commission anything until you have your distribution process worked out! In Northern Ghana we have taken this very much to heart. We have partnered with Countrywise Ghana to produce and distribute a film on soybean farming. Countrywise is our partner because they too […]

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Scaling-up soybean: “Mother and baby” demos

7 April 2017: The SILT delivery team shares work from FIPs-Africa to create over 2,000 on farm soybean demos in Tanzania: Since 2015, the Scaling up Legume Technologies (SILT) project has been implementing a joint multi-media campaign targeting priority legumes – common beans and soybeans  in Tanzania. This project is funded by IDRC, and implemented by CAB […]

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UPTAKE: Stephanie on scale-up & climate change

Stephanie Gakuo project manages the UPTAKE project developing ICT solutions support maize, potato and cassava farmers in Tanzania, she explains how the project is developing… We recently announced that UPTAKE will be sending over 1 million SMS’s to 41,000 maize farmers in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. But this is only part of the story of how we are […]

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Intra-household survey – Tanzania

4 April 2017: Silvia Silvestri, GALA project manager, writes:  Over the past few months the GALA delivery team has been trying to understand how households in Tanzania obtained and share information on farming practices. This will help us to understand the effectiveness of different communication approaches in delivering agricultural information to small-scale farmers.  It will also help us to reflect on which currently change […]

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Gender & approaches: Indicative information

21 March 2017 Dannie Romney, ASHC project executive shares her thoughts on gender research undertaken with the support of Legume Alliance partners in Tanzania and currently informing the UPTAKE project: During 2015 CABI commissioned iLogix to pilot an input brokerage system using beans in Tanzania as the target. The idea was that information on inputs could be […]

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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 legume 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 […]

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Tanzania: Fertilizer hope for soybean farmers

13 March 2017: Daniel Lungo is a small-scale farmer who grows soybean 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 was […]

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