Farmer Stories

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Kenya: Farmers use rabbit urine as pesticide and fertilizer

Emmanuel Nyakwana Ongwae July 16, 2018

Sweat trickles down Yovensiah Mochama’s face as she walks toward a rabbit hutch, carrying a bundle of succulent plants. She opens the […]

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Tanzania: Farmers start growing cassava as a cash crop because of high demand

Enos Lufungulo July 16, 2018

It’s evening, but Joram Mikanda is still in his field, checking to see if his cassava has matured enough to sell. Mr. […]

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Kenya: Farmers practice zero tillage and permanent soil cover to improve yields

James Karuga July 16, 2018

Evelyn Macho walks happily around her eight-acre farm, which is covered with crop residues. The mulch surrounds the young maize and beans […]

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Malawi: Farmers use airtight storage bags to prevent losses and avoid chemicals

Pauline Mbukwa July 09, 2018

When Chifundo Banda heard about PICS bags on the radio, he knew he wanted to try them. Mr. Banda farms soybeans, groundnuts, […]

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Tanzania: Bean farmers reduce post-harvest losses by changing harvesting and transport practices

Dinna Maningo July 09, 2018

It’s harvest season for beans in northwestern Tanzania. Monica Lugesha is wearing a bright blue dress and a shiny pink, waxed headscarf. […]

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Kenya: Fruit farmers reap big by adding value to mangoes (Business Daily)

admin July 09, 2018

Post-harvest losses can cut deep into farmers’ earnings. But this problem is gradually becoming a thing of the past for farmers in […]

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Tanzania: Women switch from farming to selling at Tengeru market

Ash Abraham July 03, 2018

It’s nine o’clock in the morning in Tengeru market, at the base of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania. The dirt road leading […]

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Ghana: Clam farmers use GPS to protect property rights (Roots Radio)

admin July 03, 2018

Samuel-Richard Bogobley wears a bright orange life vest and leans over the edge of a fishing canoe. The canoe sits at the […]

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Senegal: Groundnut farmers use organic methods to protect their health and the environment

Emile Dasylva July 03, 2018

With headphones dangling from one ear and a cap to shield his eyes from the sun, Cheikh Thiam scrapes the earth to […]

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Senegal: Consumers want local rice, but market complications make it hard to find

Omar Bally Balde June 18, 2018

Sliced onions, spices, and peppers fill a plastic bowl on a shelf in Seynabou Gaelle Diop Diongue’s kitchen. For today’s lunch, the […]

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DRC: Farmers say growing high-end coffee doesn’t pay (Global Press Journal)

admin June 18, 2018

Although coffee is the most widely grown crop in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Justine Mwaka cut down her coffee plants […]

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Kenya: No pond? No problem. Kenyans take to an unlikely new crop: fish (Trust)

admin June 18, 2018

Climate change can bring unpredictable weather and crop failure. But in this changing environment, Kenyan farmer James Muchangi thinks fish might be […]

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