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Increased funding support to AVISA to accelerate crop improvement and improve seed delivery systems

One year after it began, Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project is being strengthened to magnify its impact potential with a two-year supplementary grant from USAID. The funding aims to enhance the project’s investments and support for modernizing breeding activities and seed systems. The USAID investment for 2020...

Agenda of the webinar on Early generation seed business models in the era of covid-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa

EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2020  TIME: 14:00-16:30 HRS GMT  LOCATION: Zoom HOST: ICRISAT and Partners Background While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The science ofdelivery has still a long way to go as a large proportion of farmers is using poor quality seed of old sub- optimally adapted varieties. The relatively low adoption rates of improved...

WEBINAR: Early Generation Seed Business Models in the era of COVID-19: harvesting best practices in sub-Saharan Africa

EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2020  TIME: 14:00 -16:30 HRS (GMT) LOCATION: Zoom HOST: ICRISAT and Partners   REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KhTsgsqbTA6MOMixOAyNnw Background: While the science of discovery has made significant breakthroughs in developing new varieties and agronomic practices, few of these technologies have made their way to smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The science of delivery has still a long way...

Need to help farmers address declining soil fertility inspires young researcher to develop microdosing machine

Twenty-seven-year-old Tanzanian, Lilian Richard, has her sights set on giving smallholder farmers technological solutions to address declining soil fertility. This Master of Science in soil science degree holder is a registered patent holder for an innovation she developed four years ago — the fertilizer dose applicator machine. The machine helps farmers measure the right amount...

Double harvest for half the effort

Peter Mwangofi is a pigeonpea farmer from Karonga district in Malawi. He relies on the crop for both food and income. Over the past few years, Mwangofi has seen a decline in pigeonpea produce, mainly due to land pressure, as he now has a smaller landholding than he did in the past. In 2016, Mwangofi was...

Five-year plan for driving grain legume and dryland cereals seed delivery systems through commodity value chains

For those seeking to create a win-win for farmers, marketers and consumers of grain legumes and dryland cereals, this handy 15-pager has valuable information. Covering a five-year period starting 2020, this booklet aims to guide policy makers, development partners, implementing agencies, extension staff and stakeholders across the Grain Legume and Dryland Cereals seed value chain....

Malawi officially releases its first improved chickpea and finger millet varieties

High-yielding chickpea and finger millet varieties with yield potential of up to 3 tons per hectare had their first-ever official release in Malawi. The release aligns well with the government’s crop diversification agenda for food and income security and the funding agency Irish Aid’s goal of increasing the resilience of poor households to economic, social and environmental...

New ICRISAT groundnut varieties to be available from the next season

Two new groundnut varieties with high oleic acid content developed by ICRISAT in association with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Directorate of Groundnut Research would be made available to the farming community in Telangana from the next season. This was stated by the Minister for Agriculture, Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, after a meeting with a team...

How to reap big profits from groundnut farming

Farmers are expected to weed their fields three weeks after planting and this must be done three times before the time for harvesting approaches. Groundnuts also known as peanut is cultivated in semi-arid tropical regions which are located 40⁰ Celicius north and south of the equator including Uganda. It is an important legume grown and...

Weather and climate research gear up for innovation in India

High-level panel including ICRISAT scientist contributes expertise for policy making The impact of climate variability on agriculture was highlighted in a panel discussion conducted under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Experts in weather and climate research sciences from across India participated in the discussion, contributing their ideas towards...

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