Inoculating legume plants with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia bacteria improves yields in Ethiopia and could save USD28 million annually in fertilizer costs
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Inoculating legume plants with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia bacteria improves yields in Ethiopia and could save USD28 million annually in fertilizer costs

A five-year project that promoted nitrogen fixation through the use of rhizobia bacteria in grain legumes in Ethiopia helped smallholder farmers increase their legume production by 20% and could help the country save over USD28 million annually in fertilizer costs. Continue reading

Paving the way for collaboration: ILRI board members visit goat breeding program and Arba Minch University in Ethiopia
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Paving the way for collaboration: ILRI board members visit goat breeding program and Arba Minch University in Ethiopia

On 11 May 2019, two members of the ILRI Board of Trustees, Jing Zhu and Chanda Nimbkar; and scientists Olivier Hanotte and Aynalem Haile; from ILRI and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), respectively, visited a community-based goat breeding program in Baide village of Konso in southern Ethiopia. Continue reading

Kenyan agriculturist Su Kahumbu on the need for ‘pro-smallholder’ and ‘pro-soil’ policies
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Kenyan agriculturist Su Kahumbu on the need for ‘pro-smallholder’ and ‘pro-soil’ policies

In an opinion piece she published in the current issue of the Daily Nation newspaper’s ‘Seeds of Gold’ pull-out magazine, Kenyan agriculturist and iCow entrepreneur Su Kahumbu takes issue with two new dairy and crop laws being considered by the Kenya government. Continue reading

‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats
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‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species—provided use of such “land-efficient” systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland. Continue reading

Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years
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Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years

A new report from Africa RISING—Footprints of Africa RISING Phase I (2011–2016)—summarizes the achievements of the project’s first phase. Continue reading