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COVID-19-measures, daily laborers and their nutrition

Containing COVID-19 is indispensable. But without social safety nets, the effects on daily laborer in Africa could be disastrous. Drive along any major road connecting an African city with the hinterland early in the morning before sunrise. Each city has its distinct character; it looks, feels and smells unique. Each comes with its own beauty at that...

Nutrition, gender and breeding modernization: focal points of west and central Africa research agenda

The spotlight was on biofortification, gender equity and breeding program modernization at the recent Regional Planning Meeting of ICRISAT West and Central Africa (WCA), as members charted forward-looking plans. With an emphasis on modernizing ICRISAT WCA’s crop breeding programs, the members discussed the need for greater investments in establishing and strengthening the Regional Crop Improvement...

Consumers feed strong appetite for traditional grains

Deep in Makueni County’s Kiboko Crops Research Station, bird chasers whistle and run after destructive quelea birds that are ever eager to devour sorghums and millets. Kiboko is Kenya’s top research facility for arid and rangeland crops. Different varieties of sorghum, millet and pigeon peas being bred by researchers have been planted in neat rows...

Helping African smallholders get access to better seeds

Nairobi / Basel, February 27, 2020. Seven local seed companies from across Africa have won the inaugural Seeds for Impact Program (SIP) competition. They will receive financial and technical assistance to help them supply improved seed to more smallholder farmers. SIP is implemented by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) with funding from the Alliance for...

Rest in peace Dr. Mamourou Diourté

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Mamourou Diourté who until his death on March 8, 2020, was the national coordinator for HOPE II project in Mali, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Mamourou who died at the age of 65 after a long illness, held this position...

ICRISAT launches fast breeding facility, RapidGen

RapidGen will shorten the six-seven year window significantly. When used with the full suite of breeding acceleration techniques, RapidGen can reduce the breeding cycle by an estimated 40 percent for most crops. Efforts to modernise crop breeding took a giant leap recently with the unveiling of ICRISAT’s new facility, which is projected to significantly lower...

Feeding the future: millet and sorghum grains make big gains in Mali

USAID delegation visited Mali to see impacts from projects undertaken by three CGIAR institutions A recent study revealed that sorghum and millet yields increased up to 51% and 72% respectively during the period 2014-2019 in Mali. This was achieved by enhancing farmers’ knowledge of and improving their access to available productivity-enhancing technologies, including seed treatment,...

Launch of the seed revolving fund, youth engagement and gender inclusion initiative in Tanzania

A Seed Revolving Fund initiative for sorghum and groundnut value chains has been launched in Tanzania to tackle the challenge of limited access of quality seeds of improved varieties in rural regions. The ‘Seed Revolving Fund, Youth Engagement and Gender Inclusion’ initiative will work with research institutions, seed companies, agro dealers, grain off-takers, farmer organizations...

African farmers helping to grow quality seed for ‘neglected’ crops

BY CHRISTOPHER BENDANA Though Uganda has some of the lowest agricultural productivity in the world, efforts to bring smallholder farmer groups into the seed production process are helping to reverse that dismal standing. In the process, some farming regions have been transformed from hungry, poverty-stricken outposts to vibrant communities. Currently, just 30 percent of all...

Improved cowpea seeds for commercial production now available

Researchers list outlets, planting methods Cowpea, commonly known as beans, is an indigenous legume for most Nigerian families due to its high nutritional value and economic importance to farmers who earn their income by cultivating the crop in commercial quantities. Over the years, more farmers are cultivating cowpea to better their earnings, as well as...

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