International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Project Profile: Scaling-up Improved Legume Technologies in Tanzania

Project Profile: Scaling-up Improved Legume Technologies in Tanzania

Using information campaigns to bring proven solutions to more legume farmers in Tanzania Smallholder farmers in Africa have shown in field trials how improved legume varieties, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, high-quality seeds, and fertilizers can increase yields, reduce production costs, and enhance nutrition. Efforts are now underway to harness the power and reach of radio and other…

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Research brief: Harnessing ICT to scale-up agricultural solutions

Research brief: Harnessing ICT to scale-up agricultural solutions

This work is being carried out with the aid of a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), www.idrc.ca. Research problem Scaling-up agricultural innovations that can contribute to food and nutrition security is one of the key challenges facing development organizations, research institutions, governments and the civil society. This research initiative will examine the…

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Communicating science for impact: radio for reaching farmers with research results

Communicating science for impact: radio for reaching farmers with research results

The challenge All too often, agricultural research results are published in journals and discussed at conferences, but fail to influence policy or reach farmers’ fields and consumers in a meaningful way. There are many steps involved for farmers, from accessing the information to making use of it in their own lives. Supporting farmers during these…

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Scaling-up Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia

The Scaling-up Pulse Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Ethiopia project promotes improved haricot bean varieties, and has an emphasis on nutrition. The radio shows are intended to support and scale out on the ground activities, providing information on agronomy, from land preparation through to harvesting. The programs also discuss the role of…

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Radio that works for women smallholders in Uganda and Kenya

Farm Radio International is bringing results from two ongoing research projects – Insect feed for poultry and fish production (INSFEED) and Precooked bean products for food and nutrition security, and incomes in Kenya and Uganda – directly to fish, poultry and bean farmers through radio broadcasts. The Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) project is working with…

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Communicating Science for Impact: Radio for Reaching Farmers with Research Results 4R : Final Technical Report

Communicating Science for Impact: Radio for Reaching Farmers with Research Results 4R : Final Technical Report

This project has provided additional evidence that interactive radio is an effective and efficient means for scaling out improved agricultural practices to farmers and audiences, improving knowledge, and increasing the uptake of research results. We have also learned a lot about the intricacies and issues involved with sharing research results with intended end users whilst…

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