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Composting to beat striga

Compost is more powerful than manure. What is less known is that the micro-organisms in compost attack striga seeds in the soil. Compost also decreases the amount of striga that will sprout, and reduces its negative effect on cereal crops. Let us look at how farmers in northeast Mali make...
Mali
2016 - AccessAgriculture

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Integrated approach against fruit flies

Fruit flies inject their eggs in fruit. A single fruit fly can lay hundreds of eggs, which turn into white worms that eat the inside of fruit. If no action is taken, fruit flies quickly increase in numbers and can destroy your entire crop. Always combine different methods: • Place...
2016 - AccessAgriculture

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Promoting weaver ants in your orchard

Weaver ants help to protect your fruit and nuts from fruit flies and many other pests. If you don’t have weaver ants in your orchard yet, collect all the nests from an ant colony and transfer them to one of your fruit trees. Help the ants to spread to more...
2016 - AccessAgriculture

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Riparian zone protection

In Kenya, small-scale farmers stabilise river banks and reduce rainwater runoff from nearby plots by planting trees and grasses.e
Kenya
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Preparing low-cost concentrate feed

By making a base mix that can be fed to all animals, you save time and money. Two thirds of the mix is made from grains, like paddy, maize, sorghum and millet. One third of the mix should be rich in protein and fat. Mill the base mix into a...
2016 - AccessAgriculture

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Self help group

As individual farmers lack resources to invest in, or learn about, Conservation Agriculture. This video shows a group in Kenya that has come together to share knowledge and equipment and to assist each other.
Kenya
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Growing azolla for feed

Azolla fixes nitrogen from the air and stores this in its leaves. Azolla is richer in protein, vitamins and minerals than grains and most green fodder. Because of this and because azolla grows fast and easily in a small area, it makes an ideal addition to feed.
2016 - AccessAgriculture

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Water users associations

In Kenya, WRUAs first began forming in the 1990’s. They are established by communities along rivers and guarantee the participation of their members in all management decisions taken on the use of the river water.
Kenya
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Human urine as fertilizer

Land in Tororo district in Uganda has been intensively used and the soil fertility is low and declining. This video features a possible solution - using urine as a fertiliser.
Uganda
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Keeping milk clean and fresh

Modern dairy plants buy fresh milk from local farmers and herders to make into many different products. The company pays a fair price, but requires strict hygiene: they only buy milk that is clean and fresh.
Nigeria
2016 - Access Agriculture

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The Land for our food

The Land for our Food is a documentary movie produced by the Access to Land network and directed by Julio Molina. The video takes us on the journey of Gavin Bridger, a grower from the Community Supported Agriculture project of Farnham Local Food in England, through various European countries in his...
European Union
2016 - Access to Land

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Stone lines

Stone lines induce a natural process of terracing as they trap sediments. They are also built to rehabilitate eroded lands. Farmers in Kenya show how they construct stone lines.
Kenya
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Taking milk to the collection centre

Milk spoils because of germs that are too small to see. The germs grow in the milk and spoil it. Germs multiply faster in warm milk than in cold milk. So move the milk to the collection centre within 30 minutes of milking, or the milk will start to spoil....
Nigeria
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Grass strips against soil erosion

Contour hedgerows slow the speed of water coming down the slope and allow the water to infiltrate. They also allow the washed away soil and nutrients to settle out above the hedgerows. You can plant many different grasses, depending on what you need and what is locally available.
Thailand - Viet Nam
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Managing cattle ticks

Ticks are small creatures like insects that attach to the body of animals to suck their blood. Ticks cause diseases like skin lesions. The animals will become skinny and no longer produce milk.
Nigeria
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Bending over the maize

A traditional Central American practice is to bend over the maize stalk to help dry the maize and to protect it from disease and pest damage. If you do this at just the right time, you will harvest more. Maize grains keep growing until a black spot appears at the...
Guatemala
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Keeping milk free from antibiotics

Antibiotics are drugs used for killing germs. The drugs can be given by mouth or injected into the animal’s muscle or vein. These drugs go directly into the bloodstream. The blood carries the drug to the udder where it will get into the milk.
Nigeria
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Pure milk is good milk

Modern dairy plants use pure, fresh milk to make milk powder, cheese, yoghurt and other products. The processing plant can only make its products from pure milk. When water is added, the milk is diluted, or weakened, and it is not good for processing into dairy products.
Nigeria
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Installing an onion field

Onions need rich, fertile soil. Only grow onions once in 3 years in the same field. Plant the onions on raised beds, especially in the rainy season. Transplant when the onions are about 6 weeks old. Plant the onions 10 centimetres apart. By taking good care of your onions, the...
Ghana
2016 - Access Agriculture

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Harvesting and storing onions

In fact, onions can be stored for many months, if they are: • of a good variety, • fertilised properly, • harvested, dried, and stored the right way.
Ghana
2016 - Access Agriculture
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