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dc.contributor.authorMasso, C.
dc.contributor.authorJefwa, J.M.
dc.contributor.authorJemo, M.
dc.contributor.authorThuita, M.
dc.contributor.authorTarus, D.
dc.contributor.authorVanlauwe, Bernard
dc.identifier.citationMasso, C., Jefwa, J.M., Jemo, M., Thuita, M., Tarus, D. & Vanlauwe, B. (2013). Impact of inadequate regulatory frameworks on the adoption of bio-fertilizer (eg PGPR) technologies: a case study of sub-Saharan Africa. In: Proceedings of 3rd Asian Conference on Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) and other Microbials, Recent advances in biofertilizers and biofungicides (PGPR) for sustainable agriculture (pp. 276-286). 21-24 April, Manila, Philippines: Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture.
dc.description.abstractRecently, there has been a lot of interest to promote bio-fertilizers for eco-efficient intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Bio-fertilizers are considered cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. In SSA, bio-fertilizers have not been sufficiently evaluated for quality and efficacy because of weak or absence of regulatory frameworks. Consequently, a proliferation of low quality and inefficacious bio-fertilizer products has been reported. Based on a stepwise assessment of 66 bio-fertilizer products found in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria in 2009-2011, in more than 90% of cases, product composition didn’t match indications on the product labels or label claims related to product benefits were not supported by our research results. A few products were however found very promising; for instance, Legumefix (a rhizobial inoculant for soybean) showed a benefit cost analysis > 2.5. There was an obvious need of discriminating high quality products from poor ones. A five year study (i.e. 2012-2017) has started aiming at addressing that gap and scaling-up the best promising bio-fertilizer products. One of the key outcomes of the new project is therefore the institutionalization of quality control and efficacy testing of bio-fertilizer products to virtually eliminate the proliferation of poor-quality and inefficacious ones. That will increase the confidence of smallholder farmers, with high risk aversion, in the bio-fertilizer technologies. Adoption of bio-fertilizers by the resource-poor smallholder farmers in SSA, the majority of the population, will certainly result in improved crop yields, food security, and consequently better livelihood.
dc.description.sponsorshipBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
dc.publisherAsian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture
dc.subjectFood Security
dc.subjectSoil Fertility
dc.subjectBio-Fertilizer Adoption
dc.subjectRegulatory Framework
dc.titleImpact of inadequate regulatory frameworks on the adoption of bio-fertilizer (eg PGPR) technologies: a case study of sub-Saharan Africa
dc.typeConference Proceedings
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.crpGrain Legumes
cg.contributor.crpIntegrated Systems for the Humid Tropics
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture
cg.contributor.affiliationAfrican Agricultural Technology Foundation
cg.coverage.regionEast Africa
cg.coverage.regionWest Africa
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and developing country institute
cg.iitasubjectFood Security
cg.iitasubjectSmallholder Farmers
cg.iitasubjectSoil Fertility
cg.howpublishedFormally Published
cg.publicationplaceAuburn, USA
cg.accessibilitystatusLimited Access

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