AVISA COMMUNICATIONS

Regulatory Flexibilities Bridge Gaps Between Seed Systems

Download article as PDF This post is written by Katrin Kuhlman and Bhramar Dey. Seed laws, regulations, and policies play a central role in food security and farmers’ access to quality seed of a range of crops. They define the institutional framework of the seed sector and enforcement of the rules, and they impact who produces,...

Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers: Digital Innovations for Scale

Download article as PDF The GSMA AgriTech Programme’s report, Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers, explores the challenges service providers face in scaling index insurance and the potential opportunities for growth through partnership-based approaches. We provide a summary of our findings below: Smallholder farmers are increasingly affected by financial shocks and natural forces beyond their control. This includes...

Data & Insights: How to Know What Farmers Grow & Strengthen Seed Systems

Download article as PDF Imagine a system which delivers timely, accurate, reliable information on crop variety adoption and diffusion to seed sector stakeholders––governments, research institute, seed companies and farmers. A system which takes guessing out of the equation and instead delivers objective data for monitoring crop improvement progress, seed system effectiveness, planning for seed multiplication...

Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

Download article as PDF Agriculture is the fulcrum of Africa’s economy, with growth-enabling roles that cut across all crucial sectors despite its seemingly dwindling share of the continent’s GDP. In the wake of sustained efforts to translate economic challenges into opportunities, the African farmer is at the core of it, and has to continuously reengineer...

Demand For Indigenous Vegetables Soar As Residents Grapple With Covid- 19 Economic Shocks

Download article as PDF As  Kenyans grapple with economic shocks following outbreak and spread of coronavirus pandemic heavy rains witnessed in Nakuru have come with sorts of relief following increased supply of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVS) at various food outlets and markets in the region. A spot check at main farm produce outlets at Afraha...

Does the smallholder farmer have access to quality inputs?

Download article as PDF With the onset of kharif (monsoon) in the southern states of India, the majority of farmers have started procurement of inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Amidst COVID-19 induced disruptions in input production and distribution, the state governments are making efforts to ensure timely distribution of inputs to farmers. Based...

COVID-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

Download article as PDF The World Food Programme has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause one of the worst food crises since World War II. It predicts a doubling of the number of people going hungry – more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa. While wealthier people stay inside and practise physical distancing, the economically marginalised populations risk going...

New partnership inked with AGRA to boost improved technology uptake in Africa’s agriculture

Download article as PDF ICRISAT-led AVISA project is partnering with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to enhance uptake of modern technologies, including improved crop varieties.  The new partnership will utilize AGRA’s extensive networks to bridge gaps in market access to early maturing and high nutrition varieties, and is also expected to...

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