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Cowpea: A Tolerant, Unfailing Friend

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 save the people of...

Gender Implications for EAS during COVID-19

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 women account for nearly...

Stronger local food value chains can leave eastern and southern Africa more resilient post covid-19

COVID-19 has seized the drylands of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), home to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Mitigation efforts by governments in the region are starting to have significant adverse impacts on local food value chains. Lockdowns are in place in Zimbabwe, Uganda and partially in Kenya. In Zimbabwe, where civil society...

Coronavirus Prevention

Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) has three animations available in a range of languages that cover ways to combat COVID-19 and stop the spread of germs and disease. SAWBO recently has released a new animation, Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus. This animation addresses best practices to protect against COVID-19 through recommended preventative measures. This animation is available in 15...

Legume seed production for sustainable seed supply and crop productivity: case of groundnut in Tanzania and Uganda

ABSTRACT Improving agricultural productivity and production is a prerequisite to sustain rural livelihoods in developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This requires increased use of quality seed of improved and well-adapted crop varieties. Legumes are particularly critical in ensuring food and nutritional securities of the majority of farming households. However, their productivity has been constrained because...

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

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 CGIAR centres (ICRISAT, CIAT...

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

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, more coherent, and well-articulated...

COVID-19-measures, daily laborers and their nutrition

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 own beauty at that...

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