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Capitalizing on digital tools to sustain bean production, trade and consumption amidst COVID-19

This blog was published by Sylvia Kalemera, Patricia Onyango, Enid Katungi, Boaz Waswa, Eliud Birachi, Noel Templer, Fadhili Kasubiri, Kessy Radegunda, Elvira Omondi, Eward Mushi and Jean Claude Rubyogo When COVID-19 hit globally, travel restrictions curtailed the physical interactions that were the main mode of information and knowledge sharing and joint planning with partners in...

Genetic diversity and population structure of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) accessions using phenotypic traits and SSR markers: implications for rust resistance breeding

Hussein Shimelis,  Isack Mathew,  Richard Oteng‐Frimpong,  Chris Ojiewo &  Rajeev K. Varshney  Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (2020)Cite this article Abstract Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is a multi-purpose legume serving millions of farmers and their value chain actors globally. Use of old poor-performing cultivars contributes to low yields (< 1 t/ha) of groundnut in sub-Saharan Africa including Tanzania. The...

Concept note – Webinar by ICRISAT and partners

Topic: What Early Generation Seed Business Models in the era of COVID-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa Background While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub- Saharan Africa. The science of delivery has...

Grain legume seed systems for smallholder farmers: Perspectives on successful innovations

Read the original version of that article here. Abstract Grain legumes are nutritionally important components of smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, limited access to quality seed of improved varieties at affordable prices due to inadequate seed systems has reduced their contribution to improving nutrition and reducing poverty in these regions. This...

Factors Influencing Preferences and Adoption of Improved Groundnut Varieties among Farmers in Tanzania

Abstract Access and use of seed of improved varieties of groundnut among farmers can improve farmers’ livelihoods and contribute to the potential of crop production in Tanzania. This paper analyzes factors underpinning the adoption of improved groundnut varieties among farmers to pave the way for upscaling quality seed used for increased production and commodity business...

Gender dynamics, seed systems and COVID-19: there is a grace period, or is there?

A few of us as gender scientists working in the CGIAR and with National Partners have become the ‘gender dynamics in seed systems’ enthusiasts.  We love the topic, we feel seeds and the dynamics around access, choice, use is the language that connects us with the plant breeders on one hand and the small/medium scale farmers on the other hand....

An opportune time to digitise agriculture

If Indian agriculture aspires to be globally competitive and viable, the need for digitisation is urgent now more than ever, and can help farmers lower costs, grade better quality and avoid distress sales Image: Shutterstock Agriculture supports nearly half of India’s workforce despite its decreasing contribution to the country’s GDP (85 percent to 16.5 percent...

Pandemic likely to lead to a global shortage of protein-rich foods with African and Asia hardest hit

A global shortage of protein-rich foods is expected this year due to COVID-19 and other factors, says a new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The anticipated reduced availability of protein products is expected to result in decreased consumption worldwide, particularly among the poor, which could exacerbate health problems among children. Many foods are being...

Africa is facing a food crisis due to covid-19. These seeds could help prevent it

Seed demand is expected to outstrip supply by nearly twice in the coming seasons, based on expert opinions from seven African countries compiled by the AVISA research project. Sub-Saharan Africa is facing one of its biggest farming crises in living memory. COVID-19 is dealing a blow to farmers already struggling with floods, drought, pests and diseases....

Regulatory Flexibilities Bridge Gaps Between Seed Systems

This post is written by Katrin Kuhlman and Bhramar Dey. Seed laws, regulations, and policies play a central role in food security and farmers’ access to quality seed of a range of crops. They define the institutional framework of the seed sector and enforcement of the rules, and they impact who produces, markets, and sells seeds...

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