February 2020

ICRISAT launches fast breeding facility, RapidGen

Download article as PDF RapidGen will shorten the six-seven year window significantly. When used with the full suite of breeding acceleration techniques, RapidGen can reduce the breeding cycle by an estimated 40 percent for most crops. Efforts to modernise crop breeding took a giant leap recently with the unveiling of ICRISAT’s new facility, which is...

Feeding the future: millet and sorghum grains make big gains in Mali

Download article as PDF USAID delegation visited Mali to see impacts from projects undertaken by three CGIAR institutions A recent study revealed that sorghum and millet yields increased up to 51% and 72% respectively during the period 2014-2019 in Mali. This was achieved by enhancing farmers’ knowledge of and improving their access to available productivity-enhancing...

Launch of the seed revolving fund, youth engagement and gender inclusion initiative in Tanzania

Download article as PDF A Seed Revolving Fund initiative for sorghum and groundnut value chains has been launched in Tanzania to tackle the challenge of limited access of quality seeds of improved varieties in rural regions. The ‘Seed Revolving Fund, Youth Engagement and Gender Inclusion’ initiative will work with research institutions, seed companies, agro dealers,...

African farmers helping to grow quality seed for ‘neglected’ crops

Download article as PDF BY CHRISTOPHER BENDANA Though Uganda has some of the lowest agricultural productivity in the world, efforts to bring smallholder farmer groups into the seed production process are helping to reverse that dismal standing. In the process, some farming regions have been transformed from hungry, poverty-stricken outposts to vibrant communities. Currently, just...

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