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    | September 9, 2013

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    1- Turning waste into wealth

    Women in Malawi are turning waste into wealth.

    With support from UN agencies in charge of settlement and development, they are selling compost made from urban waste to the expanding horticulture industry.

    This community-based waste management approach is improving sanitation, while strengthening the income and food security of poor urban households.

    2- Urea briquettes raise yields

    Rice yields for farmers in Burundi’s Imbo Plains have doubled to eight tonnes per hectare after the farmers started using urea briquettes.

    The briquettes are made from a combination of commercial fertilizers, and are buried deep in the soil before planting.

    They are large enough to last through the growing season, rather than needing to be applied several times like conventional fertilizers.