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Improving cocoa productivity through integrated soil fertility management

Cocoa plantations in West Africa are sometimes not as productive as expected, yielding low income for farmers. To compensate and improve their livelihoods, some farmers have expanded their farms into forests.

Picture of Kayode Are explaining the information products produced by IAR&T at the display of materials produced by the various partners during the project.

WASHC project ends; participants share successes

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA—Soil Health Program) funded project—Supporting the West Africa Soil Health Consortia (WASHC), which was initiated to facilitate a wider uptake of better adapted Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices with visible positive impacts on rural livelihoods, has officially ended today 31 March 2017.

Picture of Veronica (right) assessing cassava in the field of one of the farmers involved in the study.

Smart farming of cassava with focus on integrated soil fertility management increases yield by 60% in Tanzania

Preliminary results from an ongoing study by IITA in Tanzania have shown an increase of nearly 60% in cassava yield which translates to a 30% increase in income for farmers. The study “Integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) for productive and sustainable cassava production systems in Tanzania” is being conducted in the major cassava-growing areas of…

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Special feature: IITA long-term trials validate ISFM benefits

IITA researchers working together with other scientists have shown that food security, crop yields and farmers’ livelihoods; the resilience of cropping systems to climatic change impacts; and mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derived from fertilizer or soil are significantly enhanced when Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) is practiced during production. To achieve these, stakeholders…

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