Newsletter 1 

July 2010

All systems go!!!
It gives me great pleasure to send you our first N2Africa newsletter. Since the initial start-up workshop in January lot's has happened and the priority has been to get action on the ground with partners and farmers.

We have been very fortunate to appoint a full complement of core N2Africa project staff quickly and all started early this year. Meet the team - on the N2Africa website - led by Ken Dashiell (based in Nairobi), with Freddy Baijuka (Agronomist based in Western Kenya), Abdullahi Bala (Rhizobiologist based in northern Nigeria), Hakeem Ajeigbe (Dissemination specialist based in Malawi), Judith de Wolf (Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist based in Zimbabwe) and Mariana Rufino (Systems analyst based in Wageningen). These staff are supported by Paul Woomer (Dissemination specialist based in Nairobi), Bernard Vanlauwe who has an oversight role for East and Central Africa and Robert Abaidoo who has an oversight role in West Africa.

The Steering Committee is also complete (and gender-balanced) and we are fortunate to have such a breadth of expertise to advise us - meet them also on the N2Africa website.

Start-up workshops have been held in all of the partner countries and work on the ground is starting in phases due to the timing of the growing seasons. The fist farmers crops are already harvested in East and Central Africa, just being planted in West Africa and planned to start with the rains in November in southern Africa.

We are now gearing up our communications strategy. Please see the first results in the form of a ten minute video showing the first results from N2Africa in East and Central Africa on the N2Media page of the project website. You will also find a number of other training and information videos on the same page.

From now on will keep you informed regularly on progress. We are always looking for inputs and feedback so please feel free to contact me or the project in general through

Thanks for your continuing support,

Ken Giller

News from East and Central Africa
  • Setting the scene in East and Central Africa
  • Signing of sub-agreements
  • Establishment and valuation of the first season activities and planning for the September 2010 season
  • First responses to inoculation
  • Filming in the Great Lakes
  • The first impact after seeing the responses of soybean to inoculants
Name Competition

The name for the newsletter could be much more exciting than just ”N2Africa Newsletter” Therefore we announce a competition to choose a more interesting name. Send your suggestions to before September 1st and the best suggestion will receive a prize!

Wageningen University Launches Project To Improve Food Production and Soil Fertility in Africa (the initial press release of N2Africa)
Wageningen University has launched a new initiative to improve food production and soil fertility in Africa... 
Capacity Building and Training
  • Capacity Building and Strengthening in Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF)
  • Training of Master Farmers
  • Frontiers in Nitrogen Fixation Training (Link)

N2Africa Planning Meeting – Zimbabwe, 14-15 June 2010
The meeting was held in Harare in June 2010 to plan for the N2Africa project activities in Zimbabwe ... 

N2AFRICA is a large scale, science research project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa. N2AFRICA is funded by ‘The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’ through a grant to Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. It is led by Wageningen University together with CIAT-TSBF, IITA and has many partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

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