July 2019

Chapatis of pearl millet for a changing climate

Download article as PDF The people of rural India love their bajra chapatis. These flatbreads made of pearl millet flour are a highly nutritious staple in the diet of millions of Indians. And farmers love pearl millet because it will grow where other crops just don’t have a chance. But climate change is throwing all...

Healthier and prosperous Africa: ‘Avisa’ project launched for faster agriculture gains in seven countries

Download article as PDF Greater yields, higher incomes and improved livelihoods – these will be the results farmers in seven countries across Africa could get with the launch of the Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project. Focusing on five crops – groundnut, common bean, cowpea, sorghum and...

Towards better impact for the Avisa project – partners meet to chart pan-African communication activities

Download article as PDF Three days of intense brainstorming helped chart out the communication activities for the AVISA project, that works across seven African countries.  Launched in Feb 2019, the AVISA project funded by the Gates Foundation, works on the broad agenda of modernizing breeding and increasing incomes for smallholder farmers in Africa for six crops. Held...

You’ve probably never heard of CGIAR, but they are essential to feeding our future

Download article as PDF What’s for dinner? It’s a question asked every day in homes around the world. No other organization has done as much to ensure families—especially the poorest—have an answer to that question as CGIAR, the world’s largest global agricultural research organization. More than 50 years ago, CGIAR’s research into high-yielding, disease-resistant rice and...

Partnering to bring smallholders the seeds they need

Download article as PDF Hyderabad is sometimes called the “Seed Capital of India”. That was certainly the case in mid-March when the city hosted the India Seed Congress (ISC). The overarching topic was “Seeds for Sustainability”. Hervé Thieblemont, Ian Barker, AM Rao and Raghavender Dantapuram (from l. to r.) represented our Foundation. Also present in force were...

Training and seedlings help make a dream come true

Download article as PDF For this young man, listening to his sister was a good idea. Joining his local Farmers’ Hub was even better. And vegetables may one day even pay for two medical degrees. Razzakul Islam grew up in Kachabari, a village in northern Bangladesh. He was one of many siblings, and did not inherit a personal...

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