Isotopic Technique Helps Benin Farmers Triple Yields and Improve Livelihoods

Soybean farmer Leonard Djegui never had the chance to go to school but he has learned two facts about nuclear science in recent years: atoms make up the soil and they have helped triple his income, allowing him to build a new house and send his children to university.

Djegui is not alone: around 14 000 farmers in central and northern Benin have achieved significant yield increases for both maize and legume crops such as soybean – providing more food for their families and much higher incomes than they could even dream of a few years ago. Read more.

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