"Smallholder producers in marginal and semiarid areas of eastern Kenya have not benefited greatly from research investments made in improvement of crops grown in such environments (sorghum, millet, and legumes, including pigeonpea) either by the international community or the national agricultural research system because of poorly developed seed systems. However, informal and local market purchases are the major sources of seed for non-maize cereals and legumes.
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Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsDecember, 2008Kenya, Eastern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2008Africa
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsDecember, 2008Niger, Africa, Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa
This study investigated the impacts of access to inventory credit, input supply shops, fertilizer microdosing demonstrations, and other factors on farmers’ use of inorganic fertilizer and other inputs in Niger and on crop yields. We found that access to inventory credit and input supply shops has increased the use of inorganic fertilizer and seeds and that microdosing demonstrations have increased the use of inorganic fertilizer.
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