Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 December 2017 at 01:31

Field Report: Agricultural Mechanization at Melkasa Agricultural Research Center & Menjar Agroforestry and Rainwater Harvest

This learning trip was hosted by the partners of the Agroecology Platform - AgriProFocus, Canadian Food Grains Bank and AKLDP with the support of GIZ AMTP, and collaboration from Adama Science and Technology University, Farmers and local government authorities of Menjar, and Melkasa Agricultural Research Center. Please find full report attached.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 01:07

Agroforestry and Rain Water Harvesting Field Visit at Bolo Silase Kebele (Arerti), Menjar

27th October 2017

The Agroecology platform of AgriProFocus Ethiopia hosted a field visit to Menjar area Arerti woreda, BoloSilase kebele.

Bolo Silase kebele of Arerti woreda, has a soil type of silty loam, temperature ranging between 18-33°C. The livelihood of the area is mixed agriculture and livestock Like other parts of the country it is also characterized by rain fed agriculture the cash crops are teff, wheat, chick pea, barley, fruits and onion.

Now-a-day’s climate change is a boundless problem in every corner of the world so the farmers needed to practice soil and water conservation techniques widely. In order to capable of being resilient to environmental shocks they built water harvesting pond and practicing other NRM techniques. In that kebele earthen ponds were built at family level having a capacity of 84 – 129 cubic meter of water and at community level having a capacity of 1,

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Sarah Assefa ASTU seeks support to further research the impact of algae on water conservation in water holding ponds. All farmers in the area are using this algae, and the water beneath it remains cool in temperature. It is unsure how much moisture is saved by the algae presence, and how much water is lost by transpiration through the bodies of the algae. Please contact us if you would like to assist ASTU to further this research! (

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Sarah Assefa Please find full field report in post from Dec. 14:

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 25 July 2016 at 01:15

Climate-friendly practices applied: agroforestry

During the past three decades, agroforestry has become recognized as an integrated approach to sustainable land use because of its production and environmental benefits.

Agroforestry’s recognition as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy has generated increased attention to its potential as a strategy for biological carbon sequestration. The perceived potential is based on the premise that the integrated systems are more resource-efficient in capturing and utilizing nutrients, light and water than single-species systems, resulting in greater net carbon sequestration.

How do European agroForestry farmers manages?  And what challenegs do they face?

Fortunatus MLYANDENA ok

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 August 2015 at 09:33

International Training Centre Starts Innovative CrowdfundingCampaign on Agroforestry in Rwanda

RNTC (part of Radio Netherlands Worldwide) has long been dependent on government funding but is actively investing in more innovative ways to help media and broadcast talent from Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan with their professional development and campaigns.

Today RNTC launches its first crowdfunding campaign.

Thomas Ngenzi is a former student of the National University of Rwanda/ where he studied School Journalism and Communication. He is a proud citizen of Rwanda.

Thomas is particularly engaged with the environmental management and conservation of land and as a journalist he supports farmers on sustainability issues and increasing business. Stories are his tool.

Thomas is a campaigner on agroforestry who helps farmers to make sure their lands are sustained and helps them increase the income.

His goal is Making Rwanda self reliant and productive.

Dutch Me

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NGENZI Thomas Help me to share this with your friends and colleagues so that my project may reach the goal.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 March 2015 at 01:20

Dear Sir or Madam,

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To learn more about our Greening Uganda project, kindly visit us at Invest in Agro-Forestry & become a millionaire in between 2-3 years. Deliveries are organised on request across the Country.See attached price list!!!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 February 2015 at 09:40

The Faidherbia Albida Tree.

Management of soils is a very big challenge to small sale farmers, especially when it comes to improvement of soil quality. One of the simple practices available is to incorporate Agro-forestry trees in farmer's fields such as Faidherbia albida. This tree can Fix nitrogen as well as improve soil physical nutrition. it can also recycle nutrients.

nchimunya siyokwa hi kelo was just doing a research on the same tree and its really the fertilizer and i would encourage farmers to grow for land sustainability

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kelody That's true Nchimunya,it really works. My research established that the Albida effect starts as early as 3 years. That's why Mr Kelody will not hesitate to sell the Albida formula

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 November 2014 at 02:19

Dear colleagues,

I am interested in planting eucalyptus trees, in the areas of Mpigi District, to be more specific Kasanje- Buwaya. What would be the best type to recommend and how do I avoid conmen for the quality required. The purpose of the trees is for construction support poles or fire wood.

Regards Dr CR Kikawa (PhD)

Allan Bomuhangi From your write up it seems you are interested in short rotation species. Yes eucalyptus would be good for the very purpose of construction support poles or fire wood. In Uganda we have three main eucalyptus species that is E. grandis (G), E. camaldulensis (C) and E. urophylla (U). These have been traditional grown over time. However we now have hybrid eucalyptus under the trade trade names GxU and GC. These have a much shorter rotation compared to the traditional species. They have good tree characteristics and would surely meet your objectives. Inorder to determine which species would do best from a professional point of view I would suggest that you do site species matching as first exercise. In case you need more information we will be glad to help

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