Conservation Agriculture

Jun 6, 2019 by George Lubberts

Conservation Agriculture in Kenya: An Agronomist reflects

It was in such a mindset that I visited Kenya last fall and visited projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank and World Renew in the Scaling-Up Conservation Agriculture in East Africa program. Farmers in Kenya face many challenges that are similar to farmers in western Canada, where I practice agronomy. For example, prices of inputs are high. Land is expensive and difficult to obtain. Yields are dependent on rainfall. Weeds and insect pests reduce yields. Wind and rain cause soil erosion. 

Feb 8, 2019 by Jon Self

Celebrate Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday on March 3

Esther is an entrepreneur. For many years, despite the countless hours she worked on her farm, Esther rarely had a fruitful harvest. “We always struggled and had to find extra money to buy extra food or things like salt,” she shared. “I usually harvested very little. Our land is stony and sandy, located on a steep hill. It refuses to seed well and the topsoil runs down the hill.”

Dec 6, 2018 by Steve Sywulka

Afflicted, but Not Crushed

MOZAMBIQUE - I learned an amazing lesson recently. This isn’t a success story. It’s a resilience story. A few months ago, I stood in a dry, brown field with a group of women in Mozambique. This wasn’t just any field, but a demonstration farm plot, a piece of land set aside for the practice of conservation agriculture.

Oct 4, 2018 by Gladys Mwangi

Conservation Agriculture - and Hustle!

TANZANIA - Sabina Makongo is a farmer and practitioner of conservation agriculture in the village of Nyamohonda, Tanzania. She was recently named a “Champion Farmer” by her village in recognition of her success and inspiration to other farmers. But it wasn’t always so.

Aug 6, 2018 by Stephan Lutz

Working Together is Always Better

KENYA - In Kenya, World Renew advocates sustainable food security by promoting conservation agriculture. The drought-resistant practices of CA promise to help farmers weather climate unpredictability and soil fertility issues in ways that traditional..

Aug 6, 2018 by Raymond Mutava

Healthy and Living Positively, Thanks to Grain Amaranth!

UGANDA - Phiona Ayebazibwe, 33, is a mother of one living in Karujanga village in Katuna town council, Kabale district, Uganda. Phiona has HIV.

Aug 6, 2018 by Raymond Mutava

Benefits from the Practice of Conservation Agriculture

UGANDA - Grace Atukunda is a 27-year-old farmer living in the Kabale District community of Nyakarindi, currently in her second season of practicing conservation agriculture. Thanks to the Foods Resource Bank-funded food security program....

Aug 5, 2018 by Faye Yu

How Do You Teach Creativity?

MALAWI - I often wonder: How do you teach creativity? How do you help people to want to innovate, to risk exploring the unknown and gamble a sure thing for something that could potentially not work at all? How do you convince people to use the little resources they have to purchase or create something new? When there are limited resources, few people dare to try. If they fail, they could be laughed at, or worse, their family could be without needed resources.

Aug 5, 2018

Improved Agriculture, Improved Lives

HONDURAS - When you think of a hardworking farmer, you may not think of a stay-at-home mother with seven children, but Pilar Martinez from Cañada Galana, Honduras, is both. She has her own plot of land that she works with the help of her husband to provide enough food for their five daughters and two sons. Though she works hard with great motivation, she has had her share of struggles in the past.

Jul 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Restoration in Northern Uganda

UGANDA - In June of this year, I had the opportunity to visit northern Uganda. I have been to the district of Gulu there before, working with a microfinance organization targeting small and micro enterprises mostly in the town of Gulu.