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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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harvested cassava bunch

UPTAKE of cassava commercialization in Tz

13 June 2017: UPTAKE partner Farm Radio International (FRI) has produced a new briefing pack  for radio stations in Tanzania. It covers post-harvest processing of cassava including the production of chips, high quality cassava flour and starch. It sets out opportunities for greater commercialization of cassava, responding to new regulatory and commercial environment. The Farm Radio International […]

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AFAP soybean demo - Usetule-26 April 2017

Soybean demo training attracts farmers

2 June 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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Countrywise Ghana filming

Sharing soil health approaches June 2017

1 June 2017: Welcome to our second e-newsletter. Here we look back over things you may have missed in the last two month. Be the first to know… Follow ASHC on Twitter to get all the project updates as they happen. Please note that we have a new new address – you can now follow us […]

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groundnut guide

Cropping guides now cover 7 crops

30 May 2017:Three new ISFM system cropping guides have been produced by CABI-ASHC, covering sweetpotato, groundnut and maize-legumes. This brings the total of guides available to download to 7. These guides are FREE to download now – follow the links on the table below. Talking of the sweetpotato guide, Edward Carey, from the International Potato […]

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