Farmer Stories tagged "conservation agriculture"

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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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Tanzania: Women farmers find solutions to heavy workload in conservation agriculture

Sylivester Domasa March 26, 2018

It’s the rainy season, and farmers are in a rush to prepare their fields. Ester Kitojo and other small-scale women farmers walk […]

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Zambia: Farmers use special equipment to save time and labour in conservation agriculture

Filius Jere March 26, 2018

For the past three years, Lashiwe Zulu has been practicing conservation agriculture with simple methods and tools. She used the chaka hand […]

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Tanzania: Farmers use different tools to expand no-till farmland

Sylivester Domasa March 26, 2018

It’s seven o’clock in the morning, and Isaya Joseph is working on his two-acre piece of land. Farming is his sole source […]

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Malawi: Mice, fires, and hungry livestock challenge farmers wanting to use crop residues

Mark Ndipita January 15, 2018

If you walk along the main roads and pass through the sparse villages, you will see stretches of maize fields covering the […]

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Zambia: Conservation agriculture helps fight climate change and hunger (IPS)

admin January 15, 2018

Damiano Malambo was skeptical about conservation agriculture—until El Nino hit southern Zambia and left millions of people without food. He recalls: “The […]

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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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