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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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Cassava resources & making posters that work

Material matters is a bi-monthly feature which reviews materials that can be freely downloaded from the ASHC website. This month we are reviewing the cassava resources you might find useful. We are also featuring some poster formats to coincide with the recent publication of the Media Guide: Making farmer-friendly posters and the template to help you make your […]

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Sharing soil health approaches July 2017

Welcome e-newsletter-3. This a good opportunity to catch up on anything you may have missed in the past few months. This month we are sharing new tools that can help anyone to design farmer-friendly printed information in different formats. Four templates can now be downloaded for the creation of do-it-yourself promotional material. The templates are for […]

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AFAP soybean demo 2017

North: South divide in Tanzania soybean training

Updated 20 July 2017 SILT The delay in the rains in many parts of Tanzania during the soybean planting season meant that around half of the demo plots were planted up to 6 weeks later than normal. Usually  farming season in the Southern Highlands starts from November/December  but this year it was as late as January. This was […]

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Material matters… 25 free soil health and cropping manuals to download

Material matters is a bi-monthly feature which reviews materials that can be freely downloaded from the ASHC website. This month we are reviewing the manuals that we have been developed by ASHC and its partners.  There is a wealth of information here. The handbook for ISFM outlines the principles of the approach – giving details of […]

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Uptake maize farmer

SMS warned farmers of late rain & stalk borer

13 July 2017: How ICT build farmer resilience through agricultural technologies… A CABI-led SMS campaign has been commended for its ability to provide farmers with timely information to enhance farmer resilience to challenges caused by climate change and pests and diseases. The campaign is carried out in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania as part of the UPTAKE project. The […]

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UPTAKE woman maize faremr with phone

SMS campaign increases maize seed sales by 20-90%

5 July 2017: Seed companies in Mbeya, Tanzania,  have reported increased sales ranging from 20-90% following an UPTAKE campaign that promoted the use of improved maize seed varieties last season. The UPTAKE project has been using SMS technology to promote the use of improved seed varieties to 40,000 farmers in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, as part […]

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OFRA FOT phone app Kenya

Fertilizer phone app coming soon …

27 June 2017: Martin Macharia OFRA data manager set out the challenge of the current fertilizer optimization tool or FOT that led them to develop a phone-based application.“The OFRA fertilizer optimization tool is a great way of supporting farmers. However, when we have been training extension staff we have encountered a number of challenges. First, extension […]

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ISFM poster

Do-it-yourself posters with help from ASHC

16 June 2017: The ASHC team has developed a media guide to producing poster and a template in PowerPoint so that anyone can now make a simple campaign poster. The media guide using material developed by CABI to show different approaches to media design. It also talks through the major steps to consider when developing […]

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Fertilizer approach could empower 50m African families

14 June 2017: Four years of dedicated work by scientists in 13 African countries has resulted in the creation of innovative tools to help farmers maximise their profits from investments in fertilizers. The Fertilizer Optimization Tools (FOTs) were created as part of the Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations for Africa (OFRA) project, funded by AGRA, and coordinated by CABI and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. […]

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