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N2AFRICA is a large scale, science-based “research-in-development” project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa. Our vision of success is to build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable African smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies, including inoculants and fertilizers.
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, N2Africa began a second phase on the 1st of January 2014. The project will run for five years and is led by Wageningen University together with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). We have many partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda (Core countries), and in DR Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe (Tier 1 countries).
In the first phase, N2Africa reached more than 230,000 farmers who evaluated and employed improved grain legume varieties, rhizobium inoculants and phosphate based fertilizers. In the second phase, we remain focused on research on and dissemination of major grain legumes in selected areas in the Core countries. In the Tier 1 countries we disseminate the outcomes from the first phase through co-funded dissemination activities. In all countries we work closely with national systems to institutionalize legume expertise.
By 2019, N2Africa will have:
N2Africa Map Overview : Core countries (dark green), Tier 1 countries (light green).
Click here to download the N2Africa Final Report of the First Phase.
At the beginning of March we held the N2Africa annual planning meeting in Mbale, Uganda together with our Advisory Committee. The meeting was held concurrently with the TAMASA (Taking Maize Agronomy to Scale in Africa) project. Participants from both projects were divided among four groups of about 20 people for “learning journeys” in the field. This gave a great opportunity for joint learning about the opportunities and constraints of taking technologies. ...
|N2Africa in Malawi – achieving sustainable input supply||
|A flavour of the N2Africa Annual Planning Meeting and field trip in Uganda||
|Key achievements 2016||
|Innovation and systematic change towards achieving impact at scale||
Outlooks and focus for 2017 will be on:
|Field learning visits to N2Africa project action sites in eastern Uganda||
|Private-Public Partnership improves farmers’ access to legume fertilizers in northern Ghana||
|Soyabean farmers in Ghana face challenges in the sale of their produce||
|N2Africa Ethiopia conducted its Fourth Annual Partners’ Review and Planning Workshop||
|Common bean yield potential and yield gaps in Ethiopia and Tanzania||
|A paradigm shift from grassroots to agribusiness focus in west Kenya||
|Other N2Africa activities||
CIAT blog: Platform for Big Data in Agriculture;
Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability
West Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference 2017