February 2021

Augustin Bonzi , youg seed producer from father to son in Burkina Faso

Download article as PDF In Burkina Faso, seed production is a highly remunerative venture that is attracting youth from farming communities. Augustin Bonzi is one of those young people who have made farming their profession and seed production their business. Inspiring testimony from a young man determined to do better than his father, Noyeza Bonzi,...

Legumes: a climate-smart option to address Africa’s dependence on costly food imports

Download article as PDF Africa’s exposure to climate change, Covid-19 and volatile global commodity markets is increasing the risk of hunger and unrest. Can investments in the domestic production of food legumes like chickpea and soybean help? The economics of hunger and agriculture in Africa According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has the...

African project highlights importance of legume crops on World Pulses Day

Download article as PDF COULD legumes be the key to food production sustainability and climate change resilience? They consume less than half the non-renewable energy of traditional cereals, they can survive harsh conditions like drought and they improve soil health by fixing nitrogen. On this, World Pulses Day, February 10, Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo, principal scientist...

Higher quality seeds can help beat Africa’s ‘hunger pandemic’

Download article as PDF Vaccination efforts across the globe encourage hope of an imminent end to the COVID-19 health crisis. But the food security crisis that the pandemic has deepened cannot be alleviated quickly and will require lasting solutions.  Well-adapted and nutrient dense crops like millet, sorghum, groundnut, chickpea, pigeonpea, cowpea and common bean, collectively called dryland cereals and...

Cues to making crop improvement in Africa gender responsive

Download article as PDF A cluster of activities are helping make The Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) Project’s crop improvement efforts gender-responsive. The activities include: Gender responsiveness in product profiling, Youth transitions in the drylands and Gender dynamics in seeds systems (G-SEED). Gender responsiveness in product profiling ...

Breaking barriers to uptake of improved sorghum in Burkina Faso, one social media post at a time

Download article as PDF A small number of farmers pioneering seed production of a novel sorghum variety in Burkina Faso are also breaking new ground on social media. Turning the spotlight on Soubatimi, the new sorghum variety, they have shown a way around one of the biggest roadblocks to Africa’s uptake of game-changing improved crops–...

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