Ethiopia’s First Blend: The story of Ethiopia’s first fertilizer blending facility (Video)

"Soil is the resource base for survival," said Prof. Tekalign Mamo, State Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, and EthioSIS Program leader, in a recent video interview. Watch the video to learn about Ethiopia's first fertilizer blending facility, which was inaugurated on June 1, 2014. The facility, along with four more under construction, will play a leading >> Read more

Transforming Landscapes and Soil Health for Increased Agricultural Productivity: Experiences from Ethiopia

On November 7, 2014, Prof. Tekalign Mamo, State Minister and Minister’s Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia will give a seminar at the International Food Policy Research Institute on several soil projects underway in Ethiopia. Read the abstract for the seminar below. If you are interested in joining virtually, please see the instruction to join via GoToMeeting at >> Read more

A Recipe for Success: Introducing fertilizer blends to farmers in Ethiopia

On June 1, 2014, the first fertilizer blending facility in Ethiopia was inaugurated in the Oromia region at the Becho-Woliso Farmers’ Cooperative Union. The facility, along with four more under construction, will play a leading role in supplying farmers with fertilizer blends that target missing nutrients in their soil. The years leading up to the inauguration included >> Read more

Smart Money?

Many African governments subsidize fertilizer for farmers. Are the subsidies worth it?  It was called Malawi’s miracle. In 2005, in the wake of a drought and food crisis, Malawi began subsidizing fertilizer and seeds to help boost farmers’ maize yields. Just two years later, Malawi produced enough maize to meet domestic demand. Other African governments >> Read more