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Learning from the most successful farmers: How can SAI be achieved in Southern Tanzania despite trade-offs?

New DFID-funded study demonstrates how research can identify promising strategies for SAI with innovative farmers who already achieve higher SAI performance than others Steinke et al. (2019): Prioritizing options for multi-objective agricultural development through the Positive Deviance approach. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0212926. The wired door gives a soft groan as Mariam Ally enters her brickwork […]

Where conservation meets intensification of Zambian agriculture

AIRLA members meet with small holder farmers, Mkushi district, Zambia

Over the past 15 years, small holder farmers in the Mkushi district in North-Central Zambia have enjoyed steady rises in maize yields. Jeremy Haggar, SAIRLA’s technical lead reports back on a visit to the area with research partner AFRINT IV to understand how.  Mkushi district has been called the bread-basket of the country. The district sits on the […]

SAIRLA Ghana NLA Member Wins Journalism Award

Media participant and active member of the SAIRLA Ghana National Learning Alliance, Ama Amankwaa Baafi has been adjudged the Best Agricultural Reporter (print) for 2017 by the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA).  Ama was among 36 journalists who were recognized for their outstanding work and contribution to national development during the 23rd edition of the GJA […]

Livestock value chain learning space held in Atsbi, Tigray region

The learning space for the Atsbi value chain took place on the 10-11 October 2018 at the Capital Hotel in Wukro, Tigray, Ethiopia hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Centre (ECRC) of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). It is the second stakeholder engagement workshop in Ethiopia for Research and Learning for Sustainable Intensification […]

Early lessons from GALA on messages and channel selection

Gender and the Legume Alliance research project PI, Silvia Silvestri, reflects on the lessons emerging from the Gender and the Legume Alliance project. The GALA project is designed to support small-scale farming households to improving their capacity to access and use information and knowledge, to achieve sustainable legume intensification. The scale-up work in Ghana and […]

10 steps to sustainable business models for smallholder farmer market development programs

An honest assessment of the supply chains for improved legume inputs shows that holistic solutions are needed. The move to sustainable business models, however, will mean that many flaws need to be addressed. In some cases, what looks like the solution is just reframing the problem. But from the assessment of the different models there […]

Family-centric cinema: a Q&A on changing the conversation for women in agriculture

Women need first-hand information and knowledge about new agricultural technologies to have a say on how family farms are run. Understanding that families are a unit of production directs how the SAIRLA-funded GALA project supports small-scale farming households to achieve sustainable legume intensification. The project team recognise the gender issues involved and the constraints women may face in adopting a […]

Improving access to information and knowledge on farming techniques

SAIRLA-funded research project, GALA, uses a range of communication tools to support small-scale farming households to achieve sustainable legume intensification. Jeremy Haggar, SAIRLA’s Research Director reports back from a village-based film screening in Northern Ghana. My visit to the Gender and Legume Alliance project in Northern Ghana started with a film-screening. Sitting around a village square, half […]