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Fertilizers and low emission development in sub-Saharan Africa

December 1st, 2016 / Edis, UK

Many countries in Africa included fertilizer use, soil fertility management, and agricultural inputs as part of their contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement. While nitrogen (N) fertilizers contribute substantially to nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions globally, emissions from fertilizers are still low in sub-Saharan Africa. Projections of future food needs in …

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa’s Green Revolution

September 2nd, 2016 / New Times, Rwanda

Phillip Tshuma is a happy farmer. Despite one of the worst droughts ever to hit his country, Zimbabwe, Tshuma’s maize and small grains harvests this year are 50 per cent more than they were in 2015, thanks to micro-dosing, the targeted application of small quantities of fertiliser in a field.
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Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

GMO rice strain yields more, requires less fertilizer

June 17th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A strain of genetically modified rice that promises 50 per cent greater yield and uses significantly less fertiliser has been developed by British scientists. Researchers have shown in field trials in China that a particular protein found naturally in rice helps it to access more of the nitrogen in soil …

Scientists develop technology to guide farmers on use of fertiliser

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Farmers in Uganda will have the benefit of calculating the amount of fertiliser to apply in a given acreage and the consequent economic benefits using a mobile phone application. Scientists at National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda who designed the Uganda Fertiliser Optimisation Tool …

New technology to help farmers use fertilisers, boost their yields

November 12th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: A study done by National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) Kawanda shows that Uganda faces severe soil nutrient depletion. This is because many farmers keep tilling the land over and over again without applying practices that maintain soil fertility. Therefore, it recommends that small holder farmers …

Feeding sub-Saharan Africa

October 22nd, 2015 / IntoBiology

In the west, we’ve spent 50 years relying on increasing food yields by adding nitrogen-based fertilisers to the soils. But it’s not an approach that seems to be working for the millions of smallholder farmers across western and central Africa. Local farmers, agronomists and scientists from across the world are …

Tanzanian fertilizer industry to transform agriculture

September 23rd, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

There are all reasons for smallholder farmers to increase productivity following the introduction of the world-class player in the fertilizer industry – Yara International. The Yara fertilizer Terminal that was launched by President Jakaya Kikwete, last week, has the capacity to hold 120,000 tonnes annually, enough to supply the …

Nigeria: Fertilizer subsidy continues, says Tambuwal

September 21st, 2015 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: Considering the importance of agricultural value-chain, governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State confirmed that his administration would continue with a fertiliser subsidy to farmers across the state. According to the governor, this was aimed at boosting food production, as well as increasing farmers’ purchasing …

Rwanda: Micronutrient fertilisers can double crop yields

August 24th, 2015 / The New Times, Rwanda

Farmers planting rice, potatoes, wheat, beans and maize can almost double their produce with the use of micronutrient fertilisers and lime, a new study indicates. This is according to a study conducted in 2014 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in partnership with International Fertiliser Development Centre …