April 2021

Syngenta Foundation Nigeria empowers Kano, Jigawa farmers with N10m inputs

Download article as PDF A non-governmental organization, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, SFSA, has supported 13 hubs managers who will be servicing 13,000 smallholder farmers with the sales of certified seeds of cowpea and sorghum varieties worth over N10 million in Kano and Jigawa states. This gesture came as part of the SFSA’s operational strategy...

COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions significantly impact bean production

Download article as PDF A new study analyzing bean production and food security across 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, found COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions to significantly impact bean production. Border controls and high transport costs have led to drops in production of the key food security crop, threatening to reverse gains made in achieving Sustainable Development...

Ghana farmers’ group raises groundnut yield five-fold with improved varieties, breaks three-decade productivity barrier

Download article as PDF Two improved groundnut varieties have helped a group of farmers in Ghana increase their yields five-fold, breaking a three-decade stranglehold on the crop’s productivity. The improved varieties, SARINUT 1 and SARINUT 2, are also combating devastating afflictions of groundnut production like leaf spot disease in the country’s Savanna Region. The farmers’...

Analyzing Pathways of Nurturing Informal Seed Production into Formal Private Ventures for Sustainable Seed Delivery and Crop Productivity: Experiences from Ethiopia

Download article as PDF By Essegbemon Akpo, Gebrekidan Feleke, Asnake Fikre, Mekasha Chichaybelu, Chris O. Ojiewo and Rajeev K. Varshney  Abstract Sustaining crop production and productivity in sub-Saharan Africa requires the availability and use of quality seed of improved varieties by smallholder farmers. The private sector has been considered as the best way to sustain seed supply and crop productivity. Unfortunately, the...

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