September 2020

Farmers in Tanzania Reaping Huge from Improved Groundnut Farming

Download article as PDF Over a period of 12 years (2007-2019), Tropical Legumes projects (TL I, II, III) led to development of 101 groundnut varieties, 11 of which were developed and released in Tanzania. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by ICRISAT, CIAT and IITA, the projects have been guided by...

Building gender and youth research capacities for agriculture and development

Download article as PDF Aspiring researchers who attended ICRISAT’s capacity building programs in gender and youth research in East and Southern Africa say their learnings from the programs involving extensive field work have given them a strong orientation in these areas vis-à-vis agriculture research for development. The value of research, technological change and innovation in...

Increased funding support to AVISA to accelerate crop improvement and improve seed delivery systems

Download article as PDF One year after it began, Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project is being strengthened to magnify its impact potential with a two-year supplementary grant from USAID. The funding aims to enhance the project’s investments and support for modernizing breeding activities and seed systems. The...

Agenda of the webinar on Early generation seed business models in the era of covid-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa

Download article as PDF EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2020  TIME: 14:00-16:30 HRS GMT  LOCATION: Zoom HOST: ICRISAT and Partners Background While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The science ofdelivery has still a long way to go as a large proportion of farmers is using poor quality seed of old sub- optimally adapted varieties. The relatively low...

WEBINAR: Early Generation Seed Business Models in the era of COVID-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa

Download article as PDF EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2020  TIME: 14:00 -16:30 HRS (GMT) LOCATION: Zoom HOST: ICRISAT and Partners   REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KhTsgsqbTA6MOMixOAyNnw Background: While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The science of delivery has...

Genetic diversity and population structure of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) accessions using phenotypic traits and SSR markers: implications for rust resistance breeding

Download article as PDF Hussein Shimelis,  Isack Mathew,  Richard Oteng‐Frimpong,  Chris Ojiewo &  Rajeev K. Varshney  Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (2020)Cite this article Abstract Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is a multi-purpose legume serving millions of farmers and their value chain actors globally. Use of old poor-performing cultivars contributes to low yields (< 1 t/ha) of groundnut in sub-Saharan...

Concept note – Webinar by ICRISAT and partners

Download article as PDF Topic: What Early Generation Seed Business Models in the era of COVID-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa Background While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub- Saharan Africa. The...

Grain legume seed systems for smallholder farmers: Perspectives on successful innovations

Download article as PDF Read the original version of that article here. Abstract Grain legumes are nutritionally important components of smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, limited access to quality seed of improved varieties at affordable prices due to inadequate seed systems has reduced their contribution to improving nutrition and reducing poverty...

Factors Influencing Preferences and Adoption of Improved Groundnut Varieties among Farmers in Tanzania

Download article as PDF Abstract Access and use of seed of improved varieties of groundnut among farmers can improve farmers’ livelihoods and contribute to the potential of crop production in Tanzania. This paper analyzes factors underpinning the adoption of improved groundnut varieties among farmers to pave the way for upscaling quality seed used for increased...

Need to help farmers address declining soil fertility inspires young researcher to develop microdosing machine

Download article as PDF Twenty-seven-year-old Tanzanian, Lilian Richard, has her sights set on giving smallholder farmers technological solutions to address declining soil fertility. This Master of Science in soil science degree holder is a registered patent holder for an innovation she developed four years ago — the fertilizer dose applicator machine. The machine helps farmers...

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