Farmer Stories

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Tanzania: Farmers boost incomes by multiplying new cassava varieties

Jaime Little October 16, 2017

Sitting in the shade of the village clinic, Mwanahawa Akida Ali runs her fingers lightly along a ridge of scars on her […]

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Rwanda: Farmers in need get free disease-resistant cassava (The New Times)

admin October 16, 2017

Jean Paul Sebarera had given up on growing cassava after brown streak disease, known locally as kabore, devastated plantations in his area. […]

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Zimbabwe: Climate-friendly seeds help farmers adapt (The Standard/ The Southern Times)

admin October 16, 2017

Drought has become so common in Bulilima, Zimbabwe, that many farmers have stopped growing maize altogether. Bulilima is one of the country’s […]

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Congo: Farmers profit from developing local market for watermelon

Marien Nzikou-Massala October 09, 2017

Bakary Fofana’s straw hat protects his eyes from the bright sunlight, but he can’t escape the heat. From time to time, he […]

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Kenya: Dairy farmers increase production by feeding cows Brachiaria grass (Ensia)

admin October 09, 2017

Albanas Nduva raises 10 dairy cows on his 12-acre plot in Kikambuani village, an hour’s drive east of Nairobi. His cows produce more […]

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South Sudan: Cattle keepers improve livestock health with basic veterinary techniques (FAO)

admin October 09, 2017

For many livestock keepers in South Sudan, a sick or injured animal is a hopeless cause. Marial Madit is from the Maraya cattle camp in Awerial […]

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Tanzania: Grape growers use organic fertilizer to save money and boost soil fertility

Amina Abdul October 02, 2017

Tito Nyambwa retired from teaching five years ago, but still has plenty of energy for farming. Since he no longer earns a […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Chocolate companies contribute to deforestation by buying cocoa from protected areas (Jeune Afrique, RFI, and The Guardian)

admin October 02, 2017

The signs of deforestation are easy to spot. Salam Sawadougou works his four-hectare plot In Côte d’Ivoire’s Mount Tia protected forest, where […]

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Kenya: Farmers collect rainwater to boost yields (Farmers Trend)

admin October 02, 2017

Patrick Mukuna is enjoying year-round bumper harvests of onions and kale at a time when many farmers in his area are complaining […]

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Cameroon: Farmer makes his own biological insecticide

Anne Mireille Nzouankeu September 25, 2017

Holding a container of a powdery substance in one hand and a stick in the other, Lasso Soar gradually pours the powder […]

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Zimbabwe: Farmers brace for a bad season as Fall armyworm looms (IRIN)

admin September 25, 2017

After losing a fifth of his maize crop to Fall armyworm last year, Sipho Mpofu fears the worst for the new growing […]

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Farmer protects sweet potatoes with homemade pesticide

Adéline Nsimire Balika September 25, 2017

Ruhamya Kamakiri walks through his fields spraying pesticide from a knapsack sprayer. Mr. Kamakiri is a farmer in his early twenties. He […]

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