To bring together both local knowledge and scientific expertise for better results, AFSC works with both the Academy of Agriculture Science and with four cooperative farms.
AFSC support is based on each farm’s specific location, including key crops, labor force, natural and economic conditions. Farm trials address the immediate need to increase food production and to protect soil fertility.
Result: By 2009, farmers at cooperatives farms planted 250 hectares of experimental fields using a new cultivation method. This method requires25% of the seed and fertilizer normally used for seed-bed preparation and also decreased the labor input needed for transplanting. The average increase was 0.5t-1t per hector.