Category: Africa – Eastern

Nitrogen-fixing species Tephrosia vogelii growing with maize at Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology in Lilongwe, Malawi. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Fertilizer tree options for farmers

It has been proven that certain trees on farm can boost crop productivity when grown in combination with annual crops. These trees improve the soil’s condition, can offer food (fruit, nuts, vegetables), fodder for animals, and  fuel wood....

Chisomo Matia has a small business making fried potatoes in a wood-fired stove in Dowa, Malawi. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

The twin promise of food and bioenergy security in Africa

People everywhere have needs that exceed the basics of food and shelter. They seek fulfillment and happiness and a better future for their children. Farmers seek better yields for less labour, and better nutrition for less cash. All...

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The winning combination for scaling up sustainable intensification in farming

Around the world, farmers are conservative by nature, and with very good reason. A rich farmer who makes a serious mistake risks losing his farm to the bank. A smallholder risks much worse: famine for her children. Anyone...

Groundnuts and trees on a farm in Kwindanguwo Village, Dowa, Malawi. Photo by D. Ouya/ICRAF

Catalyzing adoption of trees for food security in southern Africa: Some lessons from eastern Africa

The importance of trees to farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be overstated. Challenges of soil degradation, low use of inputs like inorganic fertilizers, population pressure, poor agricultural practices and climate change have negatively impacted on food security...

Women in a maize field. Photo: ICRAF

The gender imperative in food security

When it comes to putting food on tables across Africa, women do the majority of the work. But all too often women are left on the sidelines of projects and programs that are meant to improve food security....

Hon. Dr Allan Chiyembezkeza, Minister of Agriculture, Malawi, opened the conference. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Beating Famine Conference seeks a bold vision for Southern Africa

More than 400 participants from 38 countries are gathered in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on the opening day of the Beating Famine Southern Africa conference, a four-day event that is tackling the region’s widespread crisis of land degradation. “What...