Farmer Stories tagged "conservation agriculture"

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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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Togo: Farmers rotate crops for a better harvest

Magnim Karouwe February 10, 2019

Lokouna Djassoga walks across the ridges in his field, hoe in hand. On this misty December morning, he is harvesting yams. The […]

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DRC: Conservation agriculture reduces labour costs, but farmers must still deal with weeds

Sammy Mupfuni December 23, 2018

It’s Sunday afternoon and John Kakule Toly stands like a teacher at the front of a classroom, facing the many local farmers […]

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DRC: Intercropping brings better harvests to farmers in Goma

Esdras Tsongo August 13, 2018

Charline N’simire’s serious expression highlights the slight wrinkles on the 60-year-old farmer’s face. With her hands on her hips, she worries about […]

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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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Tanzania: Farmers conserve soil in hilly farms with minimum tillage and crop residues

Joachim Laizer June 11, 2018

The sky is clear and the sun is shining brightly on the steep, green slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania. Farmer […]

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Tanzania: Farmer uses Canavalia beans as cover crop to boost soil health

Method Charles May 22, 2018

Happy Mafie’s farm is green and looks well-managed. Her Canavalia beans cover the soil so well that the hot sun doesn’t dry […]

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Tanzania: Learning conservation agriculture methods through farmers’ groups

Charles Odero May 14, 2018

It’s a bright, sunny day at Martin Sawema’s farm in northern Tanzania. Mr. Sawema is 31 years old. He has a university […]

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Kenya: Maize farmer hails conservation agriculture over conventional methods

Winnie Onyimbo May 14, 2018

Henry Mwiti proudly walks through his 18-acre farm, inspecting maize that has just flowered. He has been growing maize for the past […]

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Ghana: Farmers learn no-till to increase productivity and income

Abena Dansoa Danso April 16, 2018

Kwame Anane smiles as he walks onto a vast farm filled with various types of crops. He joins a group of farmers […]

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