The FarmQuest Project: Awa Doumbia

Growing a peanut crop from scratch in the village of Dien

An African woman smiling

As part of the Daba Kabalen project, Awa Doumbia was given a one hectare field by her village chief to grow peanuts. But first the field needed to be cleaned up and plowed as it had never been used to grow crops.

Termites were also rife in the soil and Doumbia would need a pesticide to help her peanut crop succeed.

As a certified peanut seed producer, Doumbia’s peanut crop is also closely monitored by agronomists and her local advisor is always on hand to help her solve problems. Will Doumbia’s first peanut crop provide her with enough capital to recuperate startup costs and earn a profit? Click here to view the original video.

Awa Doumbia is a contestant in Farmquest, a “radio reality” series sponsored by Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with African radio stations to deliver extension information to farmers. Each of the six contestants submitted a business plan for a farm operation, and each was featured in a series on Radio Fanaka. We’ll feature each over the next few weeks. The winner receives a cash prize to help start his or her new farm venture.

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