Smallholders pin their hopes on modern fertilizers
It is barely 4 years since Florence Apiyo first heard about the Sustainable Community-Oriented Development Programme (SCODP). Before then this farmer in the Kenyan village of Nyamwaga had barely been able to feed her family. She did have enough land, and her 5 children helped with the heavy work in the fields. But despite good rainfall the yields remained low. The soil was so leached-out after 2 crops a year that it simply yielded too little. Continue reading The Mini Pack Method (Year 2000 Text)→
Most lot of the “Agrovet” shops in the small towns still exist. Residents who wanted to open such a shop got a credit from the agricultural organisation SCODP. Before, farmers had to travel far to buy material.
The mini packs with fertilizer for small farmers are still being sold. 20 years ago it was an innovative idea to sell small affordable packs to farmers in the countryside.
Packs getting larger
As smallholder farmers move forward and form their own buyers and marketing associations, they buy larger packs and improve their harvests and income, says SCODP staffer Vitutis Ochieng. Photo: Chrispen Sechere
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