Farmer Stories

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Niger: As droughts worsen, phones and radios lead the way to water (Trust)

admin June 19, 2017

When Moumouni Abdoulaye and his fellow herders in western Niger used to set off on scouting missions in search of water, they […]

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DRC: How banana farmers are beating bacterial wilt

Sammy Mupfuni June 19, 2017

This morning, like many others, Joséphine Ndamubuya only has eyes for her banana trees. Mrs. Ndamubuya has a one-hectare banana plantation at […]

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Kenya: Farmer makes fish feed with locally available materials

Emmanuel Nyakwana Ongwae June 19, 2017

“You creatures!” yells Lilly Kerubo. Mrs. Kerubo is a fish farmer in Bonyunyu village in western Kenya’s Nyamira county. The 45-year-old calls […]

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Uganda: Women’s groups promote rainwater harvesting for farming and sanitation (The Monitor)

admin June 12, 2017

There are 125 rainwater harvesting tanks in the Luweer district of central Uganda. This is the work of a women’s group called […]

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Burkina Faso: Rice farmers diversify by raising fish in paddies

Harouna Sana June 12, 2017

On Pierre Sawadogo’s farm, fish dart in and out of the shoots of rice plants which poke out of the drenched rice […]

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Senegal: Producing seeds for self-sufficiency (IRIN)

admin June 12, 2017

Lamine Biaye is a veteran of the Senegalese peasant movement. As such, he understands the importance of seeds. Without seeds, no plant […]

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Uganda: Saving money by using insects as chicken feed

Tracy Akwii June 05, 2017

Jenifer Ladwong had never thought of feeding insects to her chickens, although she had seen chickens scratching the ground for worms near […]

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Tanzania: Earning a good income with soybeans through contract farming

Kathryn Burnham June 05, 2017

It is a long, muddy walk from the centre of Lungo village to Elikuna Emanuel Kuamjama’s fields. Mr. Kuamjama’s maize stands tall […]

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Uganda: New bean varieties grow—and cook—quickly

Tracy Akwii June 05, 2017

Jenifer Nakaye describes her beans as “fast”—both for growing and cooking. The 55-year-old is growing the NABE 14 and NABE 17 varieties, […]

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Mali: Women grow okra for extra money

Mamadou Bangaly May 29, 2017

Madou Terry sets down a bag of okra by the side of the road, just outside of Mopti. Market gardens of different […]

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Tanzania: Growing beans is a family affair in Mbulu

Charles Odero May 29, 2017

Gaspar Mathi is a 54-year-old farmer who, along with his wife, Flora Tlohhy, manages his farming activities a little different: the couple […]

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Niger: Village savings and loans associations help farmers survive drought (Trust)

admin May 29, 2017

Zeinabou Halidou can’t stop smiling as she counts money. Several other members of her village women’s group laugh and tell jokes as […]

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