Farmer Stories

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Benin: After switching to organic, farmers’ income grows

Augustin B. Laourou August 22, 2017

Réné Ahouanse is a 48-year-old farmer in Togoudo, about 50 kilometres south of Cotonou, Benin’s biggest city. He has a 10-hectare field […]

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Farming becomes the new front line in Boko Haram war (IRIN)

admin August 22, 2017

Mallam Modusugu arrived two years ago at Bakasi Camp, a refuge for 21,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Maiduguri […]

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Ethiopia: Farmers invest in healthy soil by purchasing blended fertilizer

Kathryn Burnham August 22, 2017

Demitu Desasa turns the earth between her bean plants, showing off the silty soil. Soil health is a major concern for farmers […]

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Comoros: Producing more and better honey thanks to modern techniques

Ahmed Bacar August 14, 2017

Hodache Hassane always wears his white protective suit during the honey harvest. He also wears a mask to protect his face from […]

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Ethiopia: As drought bites, livestock insurance aids pastoralists (Trust)

admin August 14, 2017

The semi-arid landscape of bushes and acacia trees in southern Ethiopia makes life difficult for the pastoralist and semi-pastoralist communities that make […]

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Mali: With a bit of ‘time travel,’ farmers prepare for the future (Trust)

admin August 14, 2017

Nouhoun Tigana waves a skinny pigeon away from the chicken coop he is guarding. He doesn’t know for sure what the weather […]

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Tanzania: Farmers detain cattle in clashes with pastoralists

Gaudensia Mngumi July 31, 2017

In the Bagamoyo district on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, it’s common to see Maasai herders leading flocks of cattle, sheep, and goats. […]

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Zambia: By-laws help farmers practice conservation farming

Filius Jere July 31, 2017

When Tasila Tembo’s drunken husband deserted her and left her to care for four children, her only option was to make a […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Farmers profit from bird’s eye chili

Bosco Paré July 31, 2017

Chili plants stretch as far as the eye can see in Claude Memel’s field. This is his “private kingdom,” and he is […]

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Ghana: Young rice seller and family profit from hearing market prices on the radio

Tara Sprickerhoff July 24, 2017

Martha Amekor is the tenth-born in a family with so many children that she has lost count. Because there are so many […]

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Malawi: Farmers earn ready cash with vegetables

Mark Ndipita July 24, 2017

Evinesi Chikhutu became a widow in 1999. Her husband had been the family’s breadwinner, and Mrs. Chikhutu was left alone with seven […]

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Burkina Faso: Farmer profits from organic vegetables

Nourou-Dhine Salouka July 24, 2017

Aminata Ouédraogo makes her way between lush beds of lettuce, onions, and sorrel. Watering can in hand, she smiles as she works. […]

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