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Doubled-up legume technologies in conservation agriculture show potential for scale up

May 18th, 2017 / Africa Rising

Smallholder farming systems in southern Africa are faced with challenges such as declining soil fertility, low productivity and profitability and the increased need to adapt to climate variability and change. Sustainable intensification of both legume- and maize-based farming systems is needed to increase food, nutrition and income security for smallholders.
Since …

African smallholders are adopting conservation agriculture techniques

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 …

Cover crops play key role in conservation agriculture in rice sector

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The principal research scientist in charge of rice research and development at Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Wilson Dogbe has revealed that choice of cover crop plays a key role in the adaption of conservation agriculture in the rice sector in lowland areas in Ghana’s …

Precision agriculture: can smallholders participate?

May 23rd, 2016 / The Chicago Council

Precision agriculture in a slightly altered form can be spread to smallholders in Asia and Africa, despite farm size and asset limitations. No-till farming had its start on big farms in North America in the 1970s, initially as a way to save diesel fuel, but variants on this ‚Äúconservation agriculture‚ÄĚ …