May 2021

Is there a Future for Orphan Crops?

Download article as PDF By Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Today’s diet of most peoples around the world is dominated by the Big 3 – rice, wheat, and maize – which account for about 50% of the world’s consumption of calories. According to FAO about...

Farmers’ hubs for quality seed and input supply and market linkage launched in Nigeria

Download article as PDF The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) launched 13 Farmers’ Hubs to service 13,000 sorghum and cowpea farmers in Kano and Jigawa States. The initiative was in response to survey findings on low farm yields attributed to difficult access to quality seeds, inputs and adulterated agro-chemicals (including adulterated fertilizers) in Northern...

Farmers’ perceptions of the impacts of Adansonia digitata L. leaves exploitation on its conservation and on livelihoods of local communities in Mali, West Africa

Download article as PDF By: Hadidjatou Nana Sogodogo, Kapoury Sanogo, PhD, DA Sie Sylvestre, PhD, Souleymane S. Traoré, PhD and Joseph Ipou, PhD. Abstract Baobab tree species plays a significant role in the livelihoods of rural dwellers in the Sahel regions. This study was carried out to analyze farmer’s perceptions on the impacts of Adansonia digitata L. leaves exploitation...

Why youth here aspire to be farmers, the case of Burkina Faso

Download article as PDF Jobs that are intellectually satisfying, economically rewarding and low on drudgery are the biggest draw for youth anywhere in the world. This is exactly what is drawing youngsters to farming in Burkina Faso, contrary to the trend in many developing countries. The introduction of seed production through projects funded by the Bill...

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