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Burkina Faso releases its first pearl millet hybrid

High-yieldng, downy mildew-resistant and suitable for food and fodder. Developed by ICRISATand evaluated by INERA. Bamako 01 June 2021: Burkina Faso recently approved the commercial use of its first pearl millet hybrid called Nafagnon. With the approval, the single-cross hybrid also became the first of its kind to be approved in West and Central Africa....

Farmers’ hubs for quality seed and input supply and market linkage launched in Nigeria

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) launched 13 Farmers’ Hubs to service 13,000 sorghum and cowpea farmers in Kano and Jigawa States. The initiative was in response to survey findings on low farm yields attributed to difficult access to quality seeds, inputs and adulterated agro-chemicals (including adulterated fertilizers) in Northern Nigeria. The hubs are...

Why youth here aspire to be farmers, the case of Burkina Faso

Jobs that are intellectually satisfying, economically rewarding and low on drudgery are the biggest draw for youth anywhere in the world. This is exactly what is drawing youngsters to farming in Burkina Faso, contrary to the trend in many developing countries. The introduction of seed production through projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  USAID and...

Syngenta Foundation Nigeria empowers Kano, Jigawa farmers with N10m inputs

A non-governmental organization, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, SFSA, has supported 13 hubs managers who will be servicing 13,000 smallholder farmers with the sales of certified seeds of cowpea and sorghum varieties worth over N10 million in Kano and Jigawa states. This gesture came as part of the SFSA’s operational strategy which focuses on smallholders,...

Ghana farmers’ group raises groundnut yield five-fold with improved varieties, breaks three-decade productivity barrier

Two improved groundnut varieties have helped a group of farmers in Ghana increase their yields five-fold, breaking a three-decade stranglehold on the crop’s productivity. The improved varieties, SARINUT 1 and SARINUT 2, are also combating devastating afflictions of groundnut production like leaf spot disease in the country’s Savanna Region. The farmers’ group, Soglokonbo Groundnut Farmers...

Building seed business hubs around women and youth in Tanzania

Working with private seed companies, ICRISAT is helping integrate more women and youth into seed production enterprises in Tanzania. Recently we supported the efforts of the seed company Mbozi Highlands (MHEG), to enhance the production, promotion, marketing and adoption of new high-yielding varieties of groundnut and sorghum in the country. This was by designing and...

Special training sessions initiated for young women and hearing-impaired youth in Ghana

To unlock the potential of youth in agriculture, we need targeted, inclusive interventions that appeal to specific and diverse groups of youth, especially female and differently-abled youth. Towards this goal, customized training sessions for young women, and hearing-impaired youth from the Wa School for the Deaf were conducted in Ghana recently, focusing on behavior change...

Revival of groundnut production continues to change lives of smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria

In a remarkable turnaround, farmers in Northern Nigeria organized themselves into innovation platforms, and with support from the Tropical Legumes (TL) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, turned into successful groundnut seed producers in 2011. The impacts of those actions are felt even today, with farmers continuing to adopt improved variety seeds and good agronomic...

Legumes: a climate-smart option to address Africa’s dependence on costly food imports

Africa’s exposure to climate change, Covid-19 and volatile global commodity markets is increasing the risk of hunger and unrest. Can investments in the domestic production of food legumes like chickpea and soybean help? The economics of hunger and agriculture in Africa According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to double (to...

African project highlights importance of legume crops on World Pulses Day

COULD legumes be the key to food production sustainability and climate change resilience? They consume less than half the non-renewable energy of traditional cereals, they can survive harsh conditions like drought and they improve soil health by fixing nitrogen. On this, World Pulses Day, February 10, Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo, principal scientist at ICRISAT (International Crops...

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