The story of N2Africa: legumes for nitrogen fixation
FCRN member Ken Giller, professor of Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University & Research, has contributed to the online magazine “The Story of N2Africa”, which tells stories from the last ten years of the project N2Africa: Putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa.
Features in the magazine include:
- The win-win-win of public-private partnerships
- The effects of inoculants and nutrients
- Fertilisers: a higher yield with the perfect blend
- Challenges for soyabean farmers
- Harvesting nutrition
Read the magazine here (as web pages) or here (as an e-book). See also the Foodsource building block What is sustainable intensification? and the paper Improving Knowledge, Inputs and Markets for Legume Expansion: A Contribution Analysis of N2Africa in Ghana and Ethiopia.
The 54 countries in Africa – from the dry northern African nations, through those in deserts and rainforests, all the way to the temperate parts of South Africa – are hugely varied in their ethnic, cultural, climatic, geographic, and economic aspects. The continent’s population of over a billion inhabitants, with a median age of 19.7 years, is the youngest in the world. Due to both its localised epidemics of hunger and its huge untapped agricultural potential, Sub-Saharan Africa specifically is a key focus area for many NGOs and development agencies interested in food production and security.