New technologies for smallholder farmers



Africa RISING research trials yield impressive options for boosting smallholder farm profitability in Tanzania


Results from a cost-benefit-analysis of fifty-nine Africa RISING technologies  in Tanzania show that almost all of the technologies being tested by the project are better than the base technologies currently used by farmers.

The analysis looked at three economic indicators: the gross margin (Tanzania shillings (TZS)/ha) (GM), benefit-cost ratio (BCR) and returns to labour (TZS/person day) (RL).

For instance, the mean benefits-cost ratio of the technologies was found to be 1.7 indicating that the farmers earned 70% more, over and above their total expenditures when using the Africa RISING technologies.

The research team considered fifty-nine technologies under trial in Babati and Kongwa-Kiteto Africa RISING research zones. They include crop diversification through intercropping, soil fertility management, post-harvest management, and integrating high value crops (vegetables) into the production system.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.