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Tanzania: Women farmers use local pesticides to fight pests and diseases in beans

Enos Lufungulo April 29, 2019

It’s planting season in Kasulu district, and Mrs. Ziporah Mussa is in her plot planting beans. The weather is cool and the […]

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Burundi: Farmers make baskets from banana “stems” to protect the environment

Jean de Dieu Ininahazwe April 29, 2019

In eastern Burundi, nurseries of forest tree species have been planted to reforest watersheds and bare hills in the region, reducing erosion […]

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Ghana: Study advises farmers on best practices for adapting to climate change

Maxine Betteridge-Moes April 29, 2019

It’s the middle of the dry season in northern Ghana and Mariam Mohammed is tending to her vegetable garden. Mrs. Mohammed lives […]

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Senegal: Competition in the rice market

Hélène Boucher April 14, 2019

Since the 1960s, rice has become widespread throughout teranga, the land of Senegalese hospitality. Here, rice is cultivated in three different environments: […]

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Mali: Fonio is a healthy, drought-resistant crop

Acherif Ag Ismaguel April 14, 2019

In central Mali’s Ségou region, fonio cultivation is now taking precedence over cereals that are more popular in urban areas. Fonio is […]

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Ethiopia: Farmers choose traditional methods over pesticides to control Fall armyworm

Neo Brown April 14, 2019

It’s another busy morning. Young boys are leading livestock to pasture while women attend to various household chores. Silenat Molla is sitting […]

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Tanzania: Farmers use plastic bags and drums to protect maize from insect pests

Method Charles April 07, 2019

It’s midday, but Rose Alexander continues to sweep the home storeroom where she keeps her maize. Mrs. Alexander says, “I am constantly […]

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Kenya: Farmers trust tradition over tech to predict the weather (Trust)

admin April 07, 2019

As Mary Mbaka tends to the crops on her farm in central Kenya, she wonders if she can rely on the recent […]

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Ethiopia: Farmers create pastures for livestock and build fences to benefit from mulching

Tesfaye Getnet April 07, 2019

At first, Yonas Ugi was hesitant to start laying down crop residues on his farmland as mulch. He feared that, because he […]

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Ethiopia: Women use mulching to reduce workload in cabbage farming

Tesfaye Getnet March 31, 2019

On one side of Felekech Fantu’s mud hut, 100-kilogram bundles of cabbage are tied with ropes and stacked, waiting to be transported […]

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Ethiopia: Crop rotation, intercropping, and mulching help farmers improve soil fertility and productivity

Tesfaye Getnet March 31, 2019

Two goats sit side-by-side in front of a mud house, waiting eagerly to catch the morning sun inside Markos Chneshu’s wood-fenced compound. […]

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Burkina Faso: Special market in Zogona promotes “agro-ecological” products that please both farmers and consumers (AgribusinessTV)

admin March 31, 2019

Each Saturday morning, the neighbourhood of Zogona in the city of Ouagadougou is animated with the bustle of a special market for […]

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