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ICAR recognizes ICRISAT scientist with prestigious rafi ahmed kidwai award

Dr Rajeev Varshney, Director, ICRISAT’s Genetic Gains Research Program, was named a recipient of Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award on 16 July. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture research. This award is for Dr Varshney’s research contributions to crop sciences. He is internationally renowned for work in the area of...

ICRISAT governing board members meet remotely to forge forward-looking plans

The first-ever virtual meeting of ICRISAT Governing Board was conducted recently where many opportunities were discussed to enhance ICRISAT’s capacity to develop in areas of research. The Board appreciated the mechanisms put forward to co-create initiatives that build impact and to stay agile and ambitious to be well positioned for the future. The Board carried...

Legume farmer fab labs design seeds that work for family farms, women and the market

Protein and micronutrient-packed legumes like cowpea, groundnut, beans or chickpea are important crops for small farmers in developing countries to improve family diets and soils. Yet for years, legume cultivation has been hampered by poor yields and returns. Engaging farmers in legume research may hold the clue to boost pulse productivity. Adamu Nyerenda is not...

HarvestPlus in Uganda: 15 Years of Innovation to Improve Nutrition and Health

Peter Omondi is a member of the Koro-Bobi Sweet Potato Association in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The members grow biofortified vitamin A orange sweet potato (OSP) for sale in local markets and outside the country.  Peter provides OSP vines to the group, and everyone grows sweet potatoes in their own gardens. Peter plays a critical role as...

Reflecting on World Food Safety Day 2020

This post was written by Lourdes Martinez Romero, Agricultural Economist, Division for Food Safety, Center for Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. At the beginning of June, leading up to World Food Safety Day, Agrilinks published a series of posts highlighting the importance of safe, nutritious food systems. Thank you to our partners, colleagues, and...

Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers: Digital Innovations for Scale

The GSMA AgriTech Programme’s report, Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers, explores the challenges service providers face in scaling index insurance and the potential opportunities for growth through partnership-based approaches. We provide a summary of our findings below: Smallholder farmers are increasingly affected by financial shocks and natural forces beyond their control. This includes extreme weather or crop...

Data & Insights: How to Know What Farmers Grow & Strengthen Seed Systems

Imagine a system which delivers timely, accurate, reliable information on crop variety adoption and diffusion to seed sector stakeholders––governments, research institute, seed companies and farmers. A system which takes guessing out of the equation and instead delivers objective data for monitoring crop improvement progress, seed system effectiveness, planning for seed multiplication and distribution, and verification...

Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

Agriculture is the fulcrum of Africa’s economy, with growth-enabling roles that cut across all crucial sectors despite its seemingly dwindling share of the continent’s GDP. In the wake of sustained efforts to translate economic challenges into opportunities, the African farmer is at the core of it, and has to continuously reengineer their approaches to contribute...

Demand For Indigenous Vegetables Soar As Residents Grapple With Covid- 19 Economic Shocks

As  Kenyans grapple with economic shocks following outbreak and spread of coronavirus pandemic heavy rains witnessed in Nakuru have come with sorts of relief following increased supply of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVS) at various food outlets and markets in the region. A spot check at main farm produce outlets at Afraha Stadium, Ponda Mali, Soko...

Government and research bodies expand seeds support to over 10,000 Nigerian smallholders to shield agriculture from Covid-19

Farmers in 13 states of Nigeria will receive improved seeds of sorghum, pearl millet, cowpea and rice as a part of an initiative to cushion the pandemic’s impact on food systems. A host of agricultural research institutes, led by ICRISAT, and the Nigerian government recently launched the seed support initiative. Flagging-off the initiative on 29...

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