Farmer Stories

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Tanzania: Women farmers look for flexible loans to expand cassava production

Lilian Madelemo November 18, 2018

It is just past noon in Kongo village in Pwani Region, about 60 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city. […]

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DRC: Livestock disease worries goat herders

Zanem Nety Zaidi November 05, 2018

Sahbani Karikumutima opens the little door of the enclosure where he keeps his goats. It is 8 o’clock in the morning and […]

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Kenya: ‘Worm juice’ helps farmers boost harvests (Trust)

admin November 05, 2018

Josphat Macharia stoops over a large plastic drum on his farm in southwestern Kenya. He scoops up a handful of dirt and […]

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Zimbabwe: Small grains can help ease food insecurity (Global Press Journal)

admin November 05, 2018

Advance Mabhena has a compelling set of crops on his hands. Mr. Mabhena lives in the village of Ngwaledi in Zimbabwe and […]

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Niger: Fighting food insecurity with indigenous plants (Spore Magazine)

admin October 30, 2018

The shrub-like plants called hanza and aduwa in Hausa resemble their surroundings—dry, hard, and spiky—and grow on stony desert plains and dry […]

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Ethiopia: Farmers multiply indigenous seeds to achieve food security

Netsanet Hailu October 30, 2018

Like many prudent farmers, Bontu Haji Hussein grows different crops and varieties each season so that if one of them fails, she […]

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Burkina Faso: Farmers sell, eat, and treat ailments with neglected plants

Nikiema Abdoul Aziz October 30, 2018

Stationed at a crossroads at the entrance to Tenkodogo city, Ouindiga Edwige sells muguna (jackalberry) and kieglga fruits (from the bito tree), […]

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Madagascar: Rice farmers ask gov’t to repair infrastructure after natural disasters

Daniela Loberline October 15, 2018

Mr. Haja painfully rises from his bed and staggers from the room. It’s three o’clock in the morning and he must go […]

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Ghana: Sending weather forecasts by SMS

Connor Oke October 15, 2018

Near the equator, weather patterns change rapidly and are difficult to predict. Powerful storms can form in a matter of hours with […]

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Zambia: Accurate weather information helps farmers plan more effectively (IPS)

admin October 15, 2018

In the 2017-18 farming season, Fainess Muzyamba decided to abandon her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes. The 56-year-old lives in the […]

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Tanzania: Growing vegetables in bags benefits towns people

Dinna Maningo October 07, 2018

Naom Mgeta and her fellow students are holding three-litre water jugs in their hands. The blue-and-white-clad students are watering vegetables in the […]

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Tanzania: Good planting practices improve Irish potato harvest

Mary Mwaisenye October 07, 2018

It’s about eight o’clock in the morning. Everna Mfuse is wearing a yellow, red, and black dress with green trousers, and is […]

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