August 2020

Double harvest for half the effort

Download article as PDF Peter Mwangofi is a pigeonpea farmer from Karonga district in Malawi. He relies on the crop for both food and income. Over the past few years, Mwangofi has seen a decline in pigeonpea produce, mainly due to land pressure, as he now has a smaller landholding than he did in the past....

Five-year plan for driving grain legume and dryland cereals seed delivery systems through commodity value chains

Download article as PDF For those seeking to create a win-win for farmers, marketers and consumers of grain legumes and dryland cereals, this handy 15-pager has valuable information. Covering a five-year period starting 2020, this booklet aims to guide policy makers, development partners, implementing agencies, extension staff and stakeholders across the Grain Legume and Dryland...

Malawi officially releases its first improved chickpea and finger millet varieties

Download article as PDF High-yielding chickpea and finger millet varieties with yield potential of up to 3 tons per hectare had their first-ever official release in Malawi. The release aligns well with the government’s crop diversification agenda for food and income security and the funding agency Irish Aid’s goal of increasing the resilience of poor households to...

New ICRISAT groundnut varieties to be available from the next season

Download article as PDF Two new groundnut varieties with high oleic acid content developed by ICRISAT in association with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Directorate of Groundnut Research would be made available to the farming community in Telangana from the next season. This was stated by the Minister for Agriculture, Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, after a...

Gender dynamics, seed systems and COVID-19: there is a grace period, or is there?

Download article as PDF A few of us as gender scientists working in the CGIAR and with National Partners have become the ‘gender dynamics in seed systems’ enthusiasts.  We love the topic, we feel seeds and the dynamics around access, choice, use is the language that connects us with the plant breeders on one hand and the small/medium scale farmers...

How to reap big profits from groundnut farming

Download article as PDF Farmers are expected to weed their fields three weeks after planting and this must be done three times before the time for harvesting approaches. Groundnuts also known as peanut is cultivated in semi-arid tropical regions which are located 40⁰ Celicius north and south of the equator including Uganda. It is an...

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