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.
|Tier 1 countries: First litmus test for the potential of N2Africa||
Under most circumstances, ‘Tier 1’ refers to the most important or the highest priority. In the N2Africa project, Tier 1 countries are those countries in which we started the project in 2009. During the second phase of the project these countries are no longer priority countries, as the project focuses on five ‘Core Countries’. Nevertheless, the ‘Tier 1’ countries are still very important and critical to the project, since they provide the first litmus test for the potential of N2Africa technologies and approaches to continue living and delivering their livelihood impacts without direct donor support.
|Highlights from N2Africa in Rwanda||
|Plant legumes heal the soil in Malawi||
|Testing biological nitrogen fixation of soyabean in partnership with NCBA-CLUSA in Mozambique||
|Mid-year 2016 report: Marketing and processing legumes in west Kenya||
|BNF technology clearinghouse event in Kenya||
|Harnessing N2Africa’s nurtured talents among lead farmers for cost-effective technology dissemination in Zimbabwe||
|N2Africa website renewed||
|Reports uploaded on the N2Africa website||
|N2Africa in the news||
A publication in The Conversation, lifting the gloom of African farmers through legume production by Frederick Baijukya and Fred Kanampiu: http://theconversation.com/why-boosting-legume-production-will-lift-the-gloom-for-african-farmers-63007
International Year of Pulses (IYP)
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