Country highlights

Madagascar: RAILS and video for versatility in farming

More than 70 percent of Madagascar’s population of 22 million live on less than a dollar a day. Many of them are smallholder farmers who grow rice. According to a World Bank briefing, the country’s political crisis increased poverty levels by above 9 percentage points between 2005 and 2010, affected nearly 80 percent of households – the highest rate in Africa by 2011 World Development Indicators... (more)




Atelier d'harmonisation de la stratégie de mise en place des plateformes d'innovation
- Lancement du projet Gestion intégrée de la fertilité des sols au Bénin, au Togo et au Burkina Faso

- CIDA funded project on rice post harvest in Cameroon
- World Agroforestry Centre, West & Central Africa: Transforming Lives and Landscapes

- Journées portes ouvertes CRA-Sud/CNS-Maïs
- Atelier d’évaluation de la performance de la recherche au niveau de l’INRAB : Contraintes, défis et perspectives. Niaouli (benin), du 06 au 08 Août 2013

DR Congo:
- Les activités de l'Equipe Nationale d'Apprentissage
- Le maïs riche en proteïne de qualité (QPM) en RD Congo

- Videos on Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease in Kenya
- Ugunja Community Resource Centre

- The Regional Rice Center of Excellence (RRCoE) of the EAAPP
- The Agricultural Research Institute-Uyole (ARI-Uyole)
- The MVIWATA Farmer Organization Website


Farmer success stories from Kenya

The Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) is a  Kenyan non-governmental organisation in Ugunja District, Siaya County in Western Kenya region.   The UCRC aims to equip community members with the skills and resources necessary to combat poverty, hunger, poor health, gender inequality and lack of educational opportunities.

Watch interesting videos of farmer success stories.


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Giving farmers a voice

The project "eRAILS phase II" launched an information exchange service in 13 pilot countries in SSA. The objective is to build a knowledge base in collaboration with 30 farmers' organisations and a large number of experts from the selected countries. During detailed household interviews, a thousand farmers indicate production constraints and are providing valuable data. Recent examples of requests and answers are featured below. The project is contributing to the Promotion of Science and Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa (PSTAD) with financial support of the African Development Bank.

Click here to learn more about the eRAILS phase II project


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Apple fruit trees declining in terms of production due to poor health

Maize crop affected by a masses of sooty substance.

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The project uses the RUN system for the documentation of requests and answers.

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Stories from the field

Rwanda: orange power

A more ore eloquent summary of technological innovation is difficult to imagine than the words of this song. Since 2009 FARA has been promoting the cultivation of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) in Rwanda. Although traditional sweet potato is a solid staple, it is not particularly nutritious. OFSP, on the other hand, is full of vitamin A – sadly lacking in the diets of many farming families in Rwanda.

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but for the TT Mwogo Cooperative in Bugesera, it is literally life-saving. The thread that binds the members of this platform together is that most of them are HIV-positive and can live full lives only if they eat healthy food... (more)


Malawi: money for production-savvy smallholder farmers

For Billy Volonje, a smallholder farmer in Village S5 in Malawi’s Salima District, making about 165,000 Malawian Kwacha (USD550) in a season is a big difference. This was the surprising windfall after he sold 37 bags of sweet red sorghum crop to Chibuku Breweries in the 2011 farming season. Volonje’s livelihood is dependent on weather and yield, and the ability to earn new income is thanks to an innovative project being promoted by FARA. Volonje, who has been growing sorghum since 2009, is one of 100,000 smallholder farmers in Salima, who have benefited from the PSTAD funded by the AfDB. The project is promoting red sorghum in the Chinguluwe Extension Planning Area (EPA) under the Salima Agricultural Development Division (SLADD). Salima, a traditional sorghum-growing area, is witnessing a small revolution as farmers enjoy the fruits of better management in growing the cereal... (more)




Young entrepreneurs find best start-up support

Molly Allen earns Ushs 50million (about US$19,500) annually after selling coffee seedlings. In 2010, when she started off, she earned only Ushs 2.5million (US$960) from 5,000 seedlings. “I produce 100,000 seedlings on demand every year and sell each seedling at Ushs 500. My main buyers are Hima Cement in Uganda. Hima provides seedlings to communities around the cement plant in Kasese district, as part of their social corporate responsibility. I also supply the district NAADS programme,” she says.

RAILS ---- Incubatees, Gerald, Molly and Caroline Nabukonde get a feel of products made by incubatees at Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute

Incubatees, Gerald, Molly and Caroline Nabukonde get a feel of products made by incubatees at Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute

Allen went into this business only four years ago after realising a need for a proper seed source in her home district. With the last salary savings from her formal job as a research assistant at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), she headed to Kasese, 400 km away from Uganda’s capital, Kampala—to grow the seedlings Read more ----



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