Participants at the Uganda Fertilizer Stakeholders Workshop
07 Sep 2017

IPNI and Partners Building Capacity of Kenyan, Rwanda and Tanzania Fertilizer Companies

Through support of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has trained over 60 fertilizer company agronomists and other fertilizer stakeholders in separate workshops held in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania

Evaluation of nutrient omission trials in Ethiopia
24 Jul 2017

Nutrient Expert for improved fertilizer recommendations for maize in sub Saharan Africa

The Nutrient Expert (NE) decision support tool has been successfully adapted for use in developing fertilizer recommendations that address wide diversity of soil and climatic conditions in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

On going cassava trials in Nigeria
03 Apr 2017

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI)

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) was established to develop and disseminate cost-effective technologies to sustainably improve cassava productivity in the short and long-term. ACAI is a 5 year project (2016 – 2020) operating initially in 2 countries in Africa (Nigeria and Tanzania).

Dr James Mutegi at the fertilizer stakeholder forum for Eastern and Southern Africa operationalization workshop
13 Mar 2017

Initiation of a fertilizer stakeholder forum for Eastern and Southern Africa

IPNI in collaboration with AGRA and other local and international organizations initiated a fertilizer stakeholder forum for Eastern and Southern Africa.

4R Demos help farmers achieve improved yields
27 Feb 2017

4Rs adoption increases yields and profits

Fertilizer use in smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is characterized by low agronomic and economic returns in the form of low crop yields and profits.

18 Dec 2015

IPNI Unveils 9 Consortia Websites to Disseminate Information

IPNI SSA program has unveiled 9 consortia websites through the AGRA funded Country level Soil Health Consortia project to disseminate information on soil health, fertilizer recommendations, crop responses to soil fertility amendments, agricultural input and output markets in 8 SSA countries.

Participants at the training
18 Dec 2015

The Country Level Soil Health Consortia Moving Forward

The Country level Soil Health Consortia held a workshop at the Oak Place Conference and Training Centre, Nairobi in November, 2015. The workshop sought to build capacity of the project coordinators on various aspects relating to data management, website management and project sustainability.

08 Dec 2015

Impact of Oil Palm Best Management Practices in Ghana

This is a report on the oil palm project activities and its early impacts on oil palm productivity in Ghana. The project has demonstrated substantial yield increases with introduction of BMPs and supported knowledge dissemination through training activities and development of BMP knowledge products.

25 Nov 2015

IPNI Led Soil Health Consortia Disseminates Information to Stakeholders in SSA

A partnership between IPNI and national agricultural actors in consortia countries Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia & Malawi has yielded a series of demand driven books/manuals and communication products.

Students and teaching staff from Kenyatta University and IPNI staff after the seminar
02 Oct 2015

Strengthening linkages with local institutions of higher learning

In an effort to further strengthen the existing linkages between local institutions of higher learning and IPNI, the IPNI SSA program partnered with Kenyatta University to hold a public seminar on plant nutrition.

Joses Muthamia of IPNI presenting the 4R handbook to a participant
02 Oct 2015

Up scaling 4R Nutrient Stewardship in Western Kenya

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship project is partnering with the Siaya County Department of Agriculture (SCDA), Western Kenya to up scale 4R activities in Western Kenya.

25 Sep 2015

The Nutrients Solution

A scalable pilot project, initiated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and based on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework.

Mirasol Pampolini training participants
04 Sep 2015

Site-Specific Nutrient Management Recommendations for Increased Maize Productivity in Kenya

Current fertilizer recommendations in Kenya are mainly based on agro – ecological zones and not soil fertility variations. IPNI’s Nutrient Expert for Hybrid Maize (NE) decision suppotr tool aims at supporting development of site specific nutrient management recommendations for farmers in Kenya.

Catena trial
30 Jul 2015

Best Management Practices (BMP) Trials, Ghana

In Ghana, little to no fertilizer is applied in oil palm plantations and small holder farms, leading to depletion of soil fertility and low productivity. In addition, Ghana oil palm plantations experience low fruit bunch yields partly due to poor climatic conditions with the main constraints being s

Catena field trial
28 Jul 2015

Oil Palm Project Overview

The Oil Palm (OP) project was initiated in 2012, during which time oil palm yields in Ghana were rapidly declining despite an immense increase of area under cultivation over the past 10 years and a large demand for palm oil. The main focus of the project is to develop and disseminate knowledge on su

Participants at the training
05 Jun 2015

Training of Agricultural Scientists and Journalists in Zambia

The IPNI SSA program together with its partners trained Zambia lead scientists and journalists on experimental designs, data collection/quality control, data analysis, development of appropriate data driven communication products and how to effectively communicate scientific messages.

Shamie Zingore, Adrian Johnston and James Mutegi during a site selection visit in Ethiopia
05 Jun 2015

4R Nutrient Stewardship for Crop Production Intensification in Ethiopia

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) has funded IPNI to carry out a project to support crop production intensification in Ethiopia. The project will work towards developing tools for effectively transferring 4R Nutrient Stewardship knowledge to extension systems and smallholders

Participants from left: Hanna Camp (aWhere), Hannah Reed (aWhere), Suzie Ally (Mozambique Consortium) and Fatima Sengo (Mozambique Consortium)
04 Mar 2015

Third Consortia Annual Planning meeting and Training Workshop

The Country Soil Health Consortia held its second planning meeting and training from the 17th to the 20th February 2015. The meeting focused on progress, training on database management using the aWhere platform, financial management and development of Performance Implementation Plans (PIPs).

Mr. Muhati (center) receiving his award certificate
03 Dec 2014

2014 IPNI Scholar Awards

Ms. Obianuju Emmanuel, Mr. Stephen Ichami Muhati and Mr. Yenus Kemal are among 30 graduate students from universities around the world who received the IPNI Scholar Award in 2014.

24 Nov 2014

4R Extension Handbook for Smallholder Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

The IPNI sub-Saharan Africa Program has released an extension handbook for fertilizer management in smallholder farming in sub-Saharan Africa.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Training
05 Jun 2014

4R Nutrient stewardship training for extension systems

A two-day participatory training workshop under the theme “4R Nutrient Management Practices for Sustainable Crop Production and Intensification” for extension officers was held on the 15th and 16th of May 2014 at the Siaya Agricultural Training Centre in western Kenya.

11 Mar 2014

IPNI President visits IPNI SSA program office

The IPNI SSA program had the pleasure of hosting the President of IPNI, Dr Terry Roberts during a two day visit to Kenya between the 24th and 25th January 2014.

Impact of balanced nutrition on Maize growth and productivity
03 Mar 2014

4R Nutrient management: the impact of balanced nutrient application

As the 4R nutrient stewardship project marks its first year of operations in Western Kenya, the impact of balanced nutrition on crop growth and productivity has been a major highlight to farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

03 Oct 2013

Introducing the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Concept to Smallholder Farming Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa

How the 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept can be specifically adapted to smallholder farming systems.

03 Oct 2013

4R Nutrient Stewardship Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

A pilot research program is addressing these issues and is working to define the 4Rs in western Kenya in the context of its local agriculture.

Regional Profile

The main focus of IPNI Africa program is to provide leadership and direction in plant nutrition research and development. Working with partners from national agricultural research and extension systems, Universities, International Agricultural Research Systems and other stakeholders, information will be synthesized and research programs developed to encourage fertilizer use within the ISFM framework in ways that are technically efficient, economically rational, and environmentally friendly.

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Regional Director

Dr. Shamie Zingore
Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Program

The IPNI sub-Saharan Africa Program is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has active plant nutrition research and development activities to support sustainable crop production intensification in more than 10 countries in West, East and Southern Africa.

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