January 2020

Improved cowpea seeds for commercial production now available

Download article as PDF Researchers list outlets, planting methods Cowpea, commonly known as beans, is an indigenous legume for most Nigerian families due to its high nutritional value and economic importance to farmers who earn their income by cultivating the crop in commercial quantities. Over the years, more farmers are cultivating cowpea to better their...

Hand-holding out growers to produce certified seed in drought-stricken Ghana – a model to emulate

Download article as PDF Access to quality seed remains a big challenge for farmers in Africa. With increasing drought situations and deteriorating soil quality, especially in the Sudanian and Sahelian zones, improving access to seed of climate-smart varieties is part of the solution. Spurred by a desire to “fix the problem” at least in his...

Superfoods Can’t Save Our Broken System – But Smart Food Can

Download article as PDF “Superfoods” is a catchword that has found popularity among the most health-conscious consumers. However, the concept of these nutritionally dense and healthy foods only focuses on one aspect of the complex global food system. With experts increasingly raising the alarm that our food system is broken, we need a different narrative which captures...

Setting the stage for hybrid pearl millet research consortium in west Africa

Download article as PDF Exciting times ahead as public and private institutions come together to promote millets Seed research stakeholders and representatives of private seed companies from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, met with scientists, millet breeders and seed systems coordinators recently at Niamey, Niger, to discuss creation of a consortium to promote hybrid...

Groundnut breeding program in Burkina Faso gets a boost with seven new improved groundnut varieties

Download article as PDF More than 20 years after the last groundnut seed variety was registered in the seed catalog, the groundnut breeding program in West and Central Africa is set to be enhanced through the registration of seven improved groundnut varieties in Burkina Faso. The registration in the West Africa Variety Catalog 2018 was...

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