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September 14th, 2016 / Manitoba Co-operator, Canada

I saw maize that was green, tall, and thick, nothing like what we had seen along our drive through central Kenya.

This particular farm belongs to Jane Wanjiko, who has wholeheartedly adopted the principles of conservation agriculture on her three-quarters of an acre farm. She is using grass and cornstalks to form a thick mulch on her field, showed us how she dug holes for her seeds rather than plowing, and talked about how she is rotating her crops.

As a result of these changes, she has increased her yield of maize from 32 kilograms last year to 990 kilograms today. Her bean production has also increased significantly. This year, she retained so much moisture in her soil after harvesting a crop of beans that she was able to plant an additional crop of maize … See more