March 2020

A decade of Tropical Legumes projects: Development and adoption of improved varieties, creation of market‐demand to benefit smallholder farmers and empowerment of national programmes in sub‐Saharan Africa and South Asia

Download article as PDF This article highlights 12 years (2007–2019) of research, achievements, lessons learned, challenges and gaps in dis- covery‐to‐delivery research in legumes emanating from three projects, collectively called Tropical Legumes (TL) with a total investment of about US$ 67 million funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These projects were implemented by three...

Sowing Legume Seeds Reaping Cash: A Renaissance within Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Download article as PDF Read the whole book below… Smallholder farmers’ access to high quality seed of improved varieties of legumes has remained a perennial challenge due to limited commercialization by the formal seed sector. This then limits realized on-farm genetic gains, and benefits from the outputs of the breeding programs and calls for effective,...

COVID-19-measures, daily laborers and their nutrition

Download article as PDF Containing COVID-19 is indispensable. But without social safety nets, the effects on daily laborer in Africa could be disastrous. Drive along any major road connecting an African city with the hinterland early in the morning before sunrise. Each city has its distinct character; it looks, feels and smells unique. Each comes with its...

Nutrition, gender and breeding modernization: focal points of west and central Africa research agenda

Download article as PDF The spotlight was on biofortification, gender equity and breeding program modernization at the recent Regional Planning Meeting of ICRISAT West and Central Africa (WCA), as members charted forward-looking plans. With an emphasis on modernizing ICRISAT WCA’s crop breeding programs, the members discussed the need for greater investments in establishing and strengthening...

ICRISAT and local seed companies to build a seed industry for supply of high performing hybrids to small holder farmers

Download article as PDF Demand for sorghum and pearl millet as major food, feed and fodder crop continues to increase globally.  However, in the last 50 years, these grains have largely been abandoned in favor of the more popular maize, wheat, rice and soya beans. This is because of unavailability of improved and adaptable cultivars(a...

Consumers feed strong appetite for traditional grains

Download article as PDF Deep in Makueni County’s Kiboko Crops Research Station, bird chasers whistle and run after destructive quelea birds that are ever eager to devour sorghums and millets. Kiboko is Kenya’s top research facility for arid and rangeland crops. Different varieties of sorghum, millet and pigeon peas being bred by researchers have been...

Helping African smallholders get access to better seeds

Download article as PDF Nairobi / Basel, February 27, 2020. Seven local seed companies from across Africa have won the inaugural Seeds for Impact Program (SIP) competition. They will receive financial and technical assistance to help them supply improved seed to more smallholder farmers. SIP is implemented by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) with funding...

Rest in peace Dr. Mamourou Diourté

Download article as PDF It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Mamourou Diourté who until his death on March 8, 2020, was the national coordinator for HOPE II project in Mali, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Mamourou who died at the age of 65 after a long...

Expectations and perspectives of Dr. Eveline – social scientist on AVISA’s activities in Burkina.

Download article as PDF Dr. Eveline S. Ouedraogo – social scientist at INERA in Burkina Faso shares with us her expectations for the first year of implementation of AVISA and her perspectives for the second year. It was during AVISA annual meeting in Kampala – December 2019. Let’s hear her… Share

Theory of change of AVISA Project

Download article as PDF Theory of change of AvisaProject. What does this mean for a major project like AVISA? Dr. Geoffrey Muricho, MLE scientist-makes us a brief summary. Listen to him… Share

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