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How Scientists Use Seeds to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

According to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, global food production is expected to decrease two percent every decade until 2050. People in sub-Saharan Africa and India who depend on small scale farms for their food will be disproportionately affected by climate change. But plant breeders from the International Crops Research Institute for...

West Africa is threatened by a desert locust invasion

East Africa is continuing to be invaded by desert locusts. A group of researchers from CIRAD recently conducted several simulations to assess the risk of locusts spreading to Chad. In four out of five cases, swarms were predicted to arrive in Chad by mid-June 2020, the summer reproduction period. Chad is the historic gateway for...

Women entrepreneurs empowered through beans – Christella, Tei, Sheila

Sheila Alumo, East Africa Development Company, Uganda Sheila Alumo is the Managing Director of the Eastern Agricultural Development Company Ltd (EADCL) in Soroti town of Eastern Uganda. She is passionate about investing in affordable and yet nutritious products. A lawyer by training, Sheila found her passion in social entrepreneurship. She worked the city life and...

Successful partnership with odisha government for effective agri strategy in times of covid-19

Working closely with the Government of Odisha, ICRISAT has helped develop a mitigation strategy for agriculture for COVID-19-related challenges. It involves safeguarding harvest-ready crops, arranging for distribution of perishables and preparing for the next crop season. Read more in this article, originally published in The Pioneer. COVID-19 could not have caught India at a more vulnerable...

Better seeds and best practices enhance incomes for smallholder farmers in Mali

Farmers in Mali are improving their incomes , earning better livelihoods and enjoying more fulfilling lives through interventions that provide improved varieties of sorghum as well as training in good agriculture practices. Particularly encouraging are the case studies of two farmers from Djirikorola, Mali, who are leading the way in adoption of improved seeds and...

Rescuing Africa’s staple orphan crops-sorghum, millet, cowpea, cassava and sweat potato-with biotechnology could help feed millions of people

The year is 2100 and Africa is home to the world’s largest population ofyoung people, with its current leader – Nigeria – having close to a billion people in a territory smaller than the State of Alaska. Although it’s projected that some of the countries behind this phenomenal growth will be among the fastest-growing economies globally, this does not take...

Improved varieties and access to infrastructure help Malian farmers earn more, save more.

Double yields from improved varieties, access to storage facilities and timely credit through the warrantage systemhas kept sorghum farmers in Mali from selling their harvest at throwaway prices during a glut, helping them earn 50% more income. Farmers are now able to think beyond sustenance and for most of them who had been school dropouts, the...

Healthy farmers and business alternatives

Indonesia is taking numerous steps to tackle the coronavirus. Our local employees are helping with a farmer health awareness campaign. They are also working closely with our recently created agriservice centers.   “COVID-19 has a strong grip on the Asia-Pacific region”, says Teddy Tambu, our Country Director for Indonesia. “Governments are reacting as best they...

Avisa project coordinator, Dr. Chris Ojiewo recognized for his top downloaded research work

AVISA team congratulates our project coordinator, Dr. Chris Ojiewo, whose research work, published on  Wiley Online Library, was one of the top 10 most downloaded research papers in January 2018 to December 2019 publication history period! The research work, listed below, generated immediate impact and helped to raise the visibility of Plant Breeding: • A...

Farmers’ Hubs help Kenyan farmers adapt to the pandemic

Our teams across Africa and Asia are providing practical help to farmers during the pandemic. For Agriservices colleagues in Kenya, sensitization, aggregation, and extension are all part of the response. Our young network of Farmers’ Hubs plays a key role. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting agricultural value chains worldwide and thus threatening food security. The...

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