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Why Benue farmers prefer ‘Kwankwaso’ cowpea

Despite the blazing sun, farmers in Benue State were not deterred as they patiently walked through the length and breadth of the large cowpea plantation owned by the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM). Guided by researchers in different fields of agriculture, the farmers halted their movement intermittently to examine, deliberate and scrutinise the varieties...

Consolidated efforts to modernize crop improvement in Ghana

A Regional Coordinated Trial (RCT) is helping Cowpea Improvement Program in Ghana, thanks to Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) and Bayer projects in West Africa. The regional trials involve genetic materials contributed by various research institutes and cross learning experience gleaned from testing and demonstrations. In Ghana,...

Modernizing NARS Crop Breeding Programs for Improved Genetic Gains in 14 Countries

A course designed to modernize National Agricultural Research System (NARS) breeding programs for improving genetic gains of 9 dryland cereals and grain legumes and to strengthen seed systems in 14 African and Asian countries was held recently in Arusha, Tanzania. The training had 46% women participating and was facilitated by resource persons from 7 CGIAR...

Mobile-based monitoring tool rolled out for national partners in 7 african countries

To track project activities and implementation, a mobile web-based platform designed to collect real-time, geo-tagged data about farmers, farmland, livestock, on-field interventions, and other key indicators of agricultural research and extension was rolled out for use by AVISA project’s national partners in 7 countries. “The MLE [Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation] tool MEASURE (Monitoring and Evaluation of Agri-Science...

Sorghum flour with high shelf life hits nigerian markets

In a first-of-its-kind enterprise in Nigeria, a large-scale flour mill has come up with processed sorghum flour with a shelf life as high as 6 months. Typically, sorghum flour has a short shelf life of less than 3 months. This innovative product is opening new markets, providing jobs to 40,000 people involved in the value...

CSIR-SARI introduces two improved groundnut varieties to farmers in Ghana

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-SARI) on Tuesday announced the introduction of two improved high yielding groundnut seed varieties. Dr Doris Kanvenaa Puozaa,  a Research Scientist In-charge of Seed System Development at the CSIR-SARI, who announced the new varieties on behalf of the research team, said the...

Brisk promotion of improved groundnut and sorghum varieties to take adoption to the next level

Five improved varieties of groundnut and three of sorghum with the best market traits were selected for active promotion in Tanzania after discussions with AVISA project partners and all stakeholders along the value chain. This is to build on the adoption to date of improved varieties for 11 of groundnut and 8 of sorghum varieties...

Steering the seed revolving fund initiative to meet growing farmers’ demand for certified seed

Adoption of new varieties can never be successful until efficient seed delivery systems are in place. To increase the efficacy and impact of the existing ‘seed revolving fund initiative’ for groundnut and sorghum crops a decision to form a steering committee was taken at a recent AVISA project meeting in Tanzania. The Tanzanian seed sector...

Obasanjo urges DR Congo to invest in agriculture to help Africa cut $50 billion food import bill

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday evening called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to invest in agriculture and particularly cassava, soybean, cowpea and plantain to help Africa cut down annual food imports that is estimated at $50billion. Obasanjo spoke on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, during the official inauguration of the International...

Using the digital seed catalog and seed roadmap for better access to seed information

About 30 stakeholders from seed companies and research institutes learned how to plan their seed production using an online seed catalog. Developed by ICRISAT’s Digital Agriculture team, the seed catalog and seed roadmap platform aim to collect and catalog information on all seeds at the national and regional levels and to establish a ‘roadmap’ that...

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