Sokoine University of Agriculture

Increasing maize yields with soil testing and subsides in Tanzania

Show simple item record Harou, Aurélie P Madajewicz, Malgosia Michelson, Hope Palm, Cheryl A Amuri, Nyambilila A Magomba, Christopher Semoka, Johnson M Tschirhart, Kevin Weil, Ray 2021-03-04T08:06:10Z 2021-03-04T08:06:10Z 2020-09
dc.description.abstract Though the use of fertilizers can enhance productivity and increase profits for small-scale farming families, two barriers to their adoption have proved critical. First, many farmers often cannot afford to buy fertilizers; second, use recommendations from government sources may not be appropriate for specific farms. In Tanzania, 1 our multi-disciplinary team used low-cost soil testing to pair field-specific recommendations with subsidy vouchers to help cover the cost of fertilizer purchase. Our results show that farmers benefitted significantly in both yields and profits when (1) fertilizer recommendations were calibrated to the needs of individual farms and (2) a subsidy made the recommended fertilizers affordable. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher FEED THE FUTURE en_US
dc.subject maize yields en_US
dc.subject soil testing en_US
dc.subject small-scale farming en_US
dc.subject use of fertilizers en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Increasing maize yields with soil testing and subsides in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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