November 2019

PABRA introduces baked beans varieties to farmers

Download article as PDF The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CRI-CSIR), has introduced four new common bean (baked beans) varieties, for adoption by farmers. The objective is that local farmers would be encouraged to cultivate the new varieties of the pulses – ‘Ennepa’, ‘Adoye’, ‘Nsoroma’ and ‘Semanhyia’, on a...

Why Benue farmers prefer ‘Kwankwaso’ cowpea

Download article as PDF Despite the blazing sun, farmers in Benue State were not deterred as they patiently walked through the length and breadth of the large cowpea plantation owned by the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM). Guided by researchers in different fields of agriculture, the farmers halted their movement intermittently to examine, deliberate...

Atelier d’échanges sur le processus de commercialisation des semences de nouvelles variétés d’arachide, du mil, du sorgho et du niébé au Mali.

Download article as PDF L’équipe sur les systèmes semenciers de l’ICRISAT avec l’appui du projet AVISA financé par la fondation Bill & Melinda Gates organise un atelier d’échanges sur le processus de commercialisation des semences de nouvelles variétés d’arachide, du mil, du sorgho et du niébé au Mali. L’atelier se tiendra du 25 au 26 novembre 2019...

AVISA Annual Review and Convening on CGIAR/NARS Partnership

Download article as PDF A convening on sustainable seed systems for the AVISA crops and a CGIAR/NARS partnership scheduled 2nd – 6th December 2019 in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting is organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and hosted by International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) –Uganda. AVISA is a Bill & Melinda...

Consolidated efforts to modernize crop improvement in Ghana

Download article as PDF A Regional Coordinated Trial (RCT) is helping Cowpea Improvement Program in Ghana, thanks to Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) and Bayer projects in West Africa. The regional trials involve genetic materials contributed by various research institutes and cross learning experience gleaned from testing...

Modernizing NARS Crop Breeding Programs for Improved Genetic Gains in 14 Countries

Download article as PDF A course designed to modernize National Agricultural Research System (NARS) breeding programs for improving genetic gains of 9 dryland cereals and grain legumes and to strengthen seed systems in 14 African and Asian countries was held recently in Arusha, Tanzania. The training had 46% women participating and was facilitated by resource...

Mobile-based monitoring tool rolled out for national partners in 7 african countries

Download article as PDF To track project activities and implementation, a mobile web-based platform designed to collect real-time, geo-tagged data about farmers, farmland, livestock, on-field interventions, and other key indicators of agricultural research and extension was rolled out for use by AVISA project’s national partners in 7 countries. “The MLE [Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation] tool MEASURE (Monitoring...

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