Addressing smallholder farmers’ needs with green manure cover crops and agroforestry in Zambia | Africa RISING

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COMACO Gliricidia/maize intercropping field. Photo credit: Christian Thierfelder/CIMMYT

COMACO Gliricidia/maize intercropping field. Photo credit: Christian Thierfelder/CIMMYT.

In Africa, mineral fertilizer remains a scarce, expensive, and risky resource for most smallholder farmers. On average, farmers use less than 10 kg/ha of NPK fertilizer; and many do not apply it at all. The price of fertilizer is 3-5 times higher in Africa than in Europe due to the lack of infrastructure and production facilities, often making it unaffordable and sometimes inaccessible to farmers. Fertilizer is primarily applied to hi….

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