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INFOGRAPHIC: different strokes for different folks

New Africa RISING infographic explains targeting of sustainable intensification technologies to different farm typologies in central Malawi

Infographic - Different strokes for different folksSmallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa  are distinctly diverse within and across communities. Therefore, technological interventions to address the problem of poor productivity of smallholder agricultural systems must be designed to target socially diverse and spatially heterogeneous farms and farming systems. Agricultural technologies should therefore be developed to assess farm characteristics and the ability of farmers to invest, access resources, and attain the needed inputs. The doubled-up legume technology is one of the main intercropping systems that have been studied and promoted under the Africa RISING program in Malawi since April 2012.

This infographic seeks to visually explain the different “best bet: best fit” pathways of intensification for contrasting farm categories (typologies). How can two sets of farmer categories — resource-poor ones (whose farms average 0.6 ha) and resource-endowed farmers (whose farms average 2 ha) in central Malawi each be able to benefit from a novel agricultural technology like the doubled-up legume technology?

In both cases, the best bet cropping options harness biological N2 fixation, ensure grain legume diversity for family nutrition and risk-buffered market opportunities, and concurrently add medium to high quality organic residues for soil fertility enhancement.

View and download the infographic here: http://www.slideshare.net/africa-rising/esa-infographic1

Special bulletin: Africa RISING

Communication Office • 26th April 2016


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