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Improving legumes, cereals seeds for small farmers

There are efforts to develop new high-yielding and climate-resilient legumes and seeds for farmers across Africa. It involves strengthen breeding capacity, develop better seed varieties, and improve the seed delivery systems. The goal is to empower smallholder farmers to pursue better lives DANIEL ESSIETreports. Income security for farmers has taken the front burner in recent years. This...

Increasing millet production in Nigeria

The bid to revolutionise millet and bring it back to the plate is being driven by enhanced seeds all over the world, DANIEL ESSIET reports. The world’s millet market value is projected to surpass $12 billion by 2025, according to the Global Market Insights Inc, a United States-based research organisation. Apart from this, the global millet consumption has been...

Food Security: Syngenta foundation, AVISA partners host 1,000 smallholders at seed fair

Amid the rising food scarcity and acute hunger ravaging the nation, a non-governmental organisation, Syngenta Foundation For Sustainable Agriculture, Nigeria, SFSA-N, in collaboration with other AVISA partners, have organised a seed fair for over 1000 smallholder farmers to help them access quality seeds for enhanced productivity. The Partners are International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),...

Eat your way to bedroom horsepower

There has been a long-held belief that certain foods, seeds and soups increase horsepower for men suffering bouts of low libido. You must have heard of groundnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, olive oil, certain roots, camel and octopus soup, and even some alcohol brands that resemble engine oil. There has been increased demand for these...

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...

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