May 2020

Pulse champions and smart seed innovations boost farmers’ incomes and resilience

Download article as PDF Cowpea and groundnut are considered ‘golden grains’ for many women farmers in West Africa, as they make decent money processing these pulse grains into oil or popular snacks, while the leaves are good fodder for their animals. Yet legume cultivation has been limited because of farmers’ poor access to good seeds...

How Scientists Use Seeds to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Download article as PDF According to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, global food production is expected to decrease two percent every decade until 2050. People in sub-Saharan Africa and India who depend on small scale farms for their food will be disproportionately affected by climate change. But plant breeders from the International...

Cowpea: A Tolerant, Unfailing Friend

Download article as PDF Friends are hard to come by in times of war and when you’re hungry even a single morsel of food can be your best friend. During the 1860s, in the United States, the Civil War put food security to the test. Starvation was threatening but there was one crop which helped...

West Africa is threatened by a desert locust invasion

Download article as PDF East Africa is continuing to be invaded by desert locusts. A group of researchers from CIRAD recently conducted several simulations to assess the risk of locusts spreading to Chad. In four out of five cases, swarms were predicted to arrive in Chad by mid-June 2020, the summer reproduction period. Chad is...

Women entrepreneurs empowered through beans – Christella, Tei, Sheila

Download article as PDF Sheila Alumo, East Africa Development Company, Uganda Sheila Alumo is the Managing Director of the Eastern Agricultural Development Company Ltd (EADCL) in Soroti town of Eastern Uganda. She is passionate about investing in affordable and yet nutritious products. A lawyer by training, Sheila found her passion in social entrepreneurship. She worked...

Gender Implications for EAS during COVID-19

Download article as PDF The social impacts of COVID-19 have important implications to food security and, like many other social and environmental calamities, are not gender or spatially neutral. In many regions across the world, deep-rooted gender norms that devalue women’s unpaid domestic labor burdens also marginalize the health, nutrition, and decision-making power of women and girls. In 2017, FAO reported that...

Bio contrôle de la chenille légionnaire d’automne: coopération vers une gestion régionale et intercontinentale

Download article as PDF Des millions de personnes dans le monde dépendent du maïs, la nourriture préférée de la chenille légionnaire d’automne. Ils dépendent également du coton, du sorgho, du riz et de centaines d’autres cultures que la chenille légionnaire, un nuisible des cultures dévore. La chenille légionnaire d’automne, qui a touché l’Afrique en 2016,...

Successful partnership with odisha government for effective agri strategy in times of covid-19

Download article as PDF Working closely with the Government of Odisha, ICRISAT has helped develop a mitigation strategy for agriculture for COVID-19-related challenges. It involves safeguarding harvest-ready crops, arranging for distribution of perishables and preparing for the next crop season. Read more in this article, originally published in The Pioneer. COVID-19 could not have caught India...

Better seeds and best practices enhance incomes for smallholder farmers in Mali

Download article as PDF Farmers in Mali are improving their incomes , earning better livelihoods and enjoying more fulfilling lives through interventions that provide improved varieties of sorghum as well as training in good agriculture practices. Particularly encouraging are the case studies of two farmers from Djirikorola, Mali, who are leading the way in adoption...

Rescuing Africa’s staple orphan crops-sorghum, millet, cowpea, cassava and sweat potato-with biotechnology could help feed millions of people

Download article as PDF The year is 2100 and Africa is home to the world’s largest population ofyoung people, with its current leader – Nigeria – having close to a billion people in a territory smaller than the State of Alaska. Although it’s projected that some of the countries behind this phenomenal growth will be among the fastest-growing economies globally,...

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