Farmer Stories tagged "soil"

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DRC: Farmers use local herb to fight weeds, restore land, increase production

Joseph Tsongo December 02, 2018

Sylvestre Muhindo thrusts his right hand into the soil in the middle of his field and pulls out a handful of wet […]

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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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Kenya: Farmers use rabbit urine as pesticide and fertilizer

Emmanuel Nyakwana Ongwae July 16, 2018

Sweat trickles down Yovensiah Mochama’s face as she walks toward a rabbit hutch, carrying a bundle of succulent plants. She opens the […]

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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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Senegal: Groundnut farmers use organic methods to protect their health and the environment

Emile Dasylva July 03, 2018

With headphones dangling from one ear and a cap to shield his eyes from the sun, Cheikh Thiam scrapes the earth to […]

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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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Kenya: Farmers use earthworms to make organic fertilizer

Emmanuel Nyakwana Ongwae April 16, 2018

It’s 10 o’clock in the morning and Caleb Omolo is walking around his farm and inspecting his crops. He stops at a […]

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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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Malawi: Farmers make urine and leaf fertilizer to save money

Mark Ndipita April 16, 2018

Child Daniel Phiri doesn’t go to his grass-thatched pit latrine when he hears the call of nature. Instead, he rushes to his […]

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Benin: Market gardeners use intercropping and crop rotation to make the most of small city plots

Michael Tchokpodo January 29, 2018

Twilight approaches. Mahoussi Kélè drags a bag of bird droppings to the garden. His eyes fixed on the ground, the 24-year-old market […]

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Ethiopia: Mapping soil conditions helps farmers improve soil health

Kathryn Burnham November 06, 2017

Tefera Gonfa’s oxen are ploughing the dark soil, turning it to prepare for planting. Mr. Gonfa lives in Fodu Gora kebele in […]

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Tanzania: Grape growers use organic fertilizer to save money and boost soil fertility

Amina Abdul October 02, 2017

Tito Nyambwa retired from teaching five years ago, but still has plenty of energy for farming. Since he no longer earns a […]

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