Month: April 2012

Low-Cost Soil Fertility Techniques Raise Yields in Kenya

According to IFDC, Africa loses $4 billion worth of soil nutrients a year. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and partners are working with farmers, researchers and learning institutions to find practical agronomic techniques that smallholder farmers can adopt to improve soil fertility. Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) combines mineral fertilizers and locally available organic amendments (crop…

From Underachiever to Progressive Farmer

Kyrgyz farmer Kanybek Imankulov significantly increased his wheat yields after using high-quality seeds and applying no-till technology on his farm in northern Kyrgyzstan. No-till farming requires specialized equipment to plant seeds into crop residues and soil. Imankulov received training to use no-till machinery through a Global Development Alliance implemented jointly by the Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development (KAED) Follow-On project and…

Africa Report: West Africa

“Africa is the next great agriculture frontier. No one knows when the boom will hit, but everyone knows it is coming. The pace of international development has accelerated in the past 10 years beyond anyone’s expectations. Development that formerly took 20 years now takes five at the pace of the global economy, and African agribusinesses, NGOs and governments are on…

International Year of Cooperatives

“The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.”With the theme of “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” the International Year of Cooperatives has three main objectives: Increase awareness: Increase public awareness about cooperatives and their…

Shamba Shape-Up, Episode 1

“Shamba Shape-Up” is a ‘make-over’ television series that features farm families in East Africa and addresses specific challenges to improving their farms (‘shambas’). The show includes agricultural experts that demonstrate practical methods and technologies that can transform farm productivity. The series’ tagline is “Grow more food, make more money, build a better life.” In episode one, Philip Karuri of IFDC…

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