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Beans could help fill Africa’s fertiliser gap
- Sub-Saharan Africa sees low amounts of nitrogen fertiliser use, which results in low yields
- The N2Africa project backs the cheaper option of growing nitrogen-fixing beans
- This has helped to raise average maize yields by at least 40 per cent
An ongoing project that encourages African farmers to plant beans as food and fertiliser could help counteract the impact of limited fertiliser take-up across the continent as highlighted in a recent report.
Global use of nitrogen fertiliser is forecast to grow by 1.4 per cent each year to above 119 million tonnes in 2018, according to a report published last week (16 February) by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
But less than five per cent of that growth will come from Sub-Saharan Africa, largely because fertiliser…
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