Fertilizer micro-dosing: a profitable innovation for Sahelian women

June 06, 2016
Ibro M Abdoulaye, Baco Mohamed Nasser, Badiori Ouatara, Sogodogo Diakalia, Mahaman Sabiou,Akponikpè PB Irenikatche, Derek Peak, Kimaro Anthony and Koala Saidou

The localized application of small quantities of fertilizer (micro-dosing), combined with improved planting pits for rainwater harvesting, has generated greater profits and food security for women farmers in the Sahel.

Women have taken to the new methods developed by West African and Canadian researchers. Sahelian women are 25% more likely to adopt a combination of the two methods.

Farmers' access to fertilizer is also improving thanks to an innovative credit scheme known by the French term warrantage. The financing has enabled over 1,000 farmers, 30% of them women, to purchase and use more fertilizer on food crops. As a result women have expanded the area of land under micro-dosing and rainwater harvesting techniques, to grow more cowpea, millet, and sorghum.

Read the story of change: Fertilizer micro-dosing: a profitable innovation for Sahelian women (PDF, 718 KB).

This document is one of nine in a Stories of Change series that shares some of the emerging gender outcomes from research supported in sub-Saharan Africa by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). Produced by WRENmedia in March 2014.