August 2019

Smallholder market support

Download article as PDF Despite producing most of the world’s food, smallholder farmers tend to be food insecure themselves: globally, they form the majority of people living in poverty. Helping raise their incomes and improve their livelihoods holds the key to building sustainable food systems, advancing food security and achieving Zero Hunger. The World Food Programme...

The importance of sustainable water management

Download article as PDF The world needs to produce an estimated 60 percent more food by 2050 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps...

IMPROVED SORGHUM VARIETIES ARE FINDING NEW CHAMPIONS IN BURKINA FASO

Download article as PDF The Provincial Union of Agricultural Professionals Bemba Nayala supported by the HOPE II project, recently won a contract to supply 200 tons of sorghum to the World Food Program (WFP). This was made possible due to the activities of the Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE II) for Sorghum and Millets...

TAKING LEGUMES FROM SCIENCE OF DISCOVERY TO SCIENCE OF DELIVERY

Download article as PDF The journey from Project Tropical Legumes to Project AVISA “It’s not the end, it’s a new beginning.” Developing genetic resources for legume crops, innovative and sustainable seed platforms, strengthening national agricultural research systems’ (NARS) breeding programs, releasing over 307 improved varieties of focus legume crops and training 52 young scientists to...

Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Download article as PDF Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others.  “We face a grand challenge in...

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