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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...

Use Your Breeding and People Skills to Help Modernize Plant Breeding Programs Across Africa

The Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) is a new cross-commodity platform from CGIAR that supports the modernization of breeding programs targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America for greater impact on food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and development. By providing important outcomes to under- resourced peoples, CGIAR centers around the world (www.cgiar.org) help realize...

CSIR D-G urges government to increase funds for science and Technology

Source: GNA The Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has called on government to increase resource allocation to science, technology and innovation. Prof. Victor Agyemang said would ensure that the goals and objectives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) were achieved. He said the result of the inadequate allocation...

Breeding future-ready crops: selecting priority traits in breeding programs via product profiles

Source: ICRISAT Developing crop varieties that meet the needs of all stakeholders, with farmers, value chain actors and end-use consumers having specific needs for attributes of breeds or varieties, is a challenging task. Defining, communicating and incorporating desirable traits into breeding programs requires focused interaction between different disciplines and stakeholder groups in a process known...

Nane nane expo: tanzanian agricultural show inspires research teams to excel

Research programs from the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) showcased their best technologies in farmers’ fairs as part of the popular Nane Nane Agricultural Expo at various locations in Tanzania. This year’s exhibition theme translated to “Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries for National Economic Development”. TARI is one of the partners of the AVISA project. The Sorghum and Millets...

First ever high-yielding chickpea variety developed using marker-assisted backcrossing (mabc) released in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has become the first country in the world to release such a chickpea variety. In a first, the National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) of Ethiopia, announced the release of a high-yielding chickpea variety developed in collaboration with ICRISAT using marker assisted backcrossing (MABC). The variety, ‘Geletu’, was named after the eminent pulses scientist Dr...

Smallholder market support

Despite producing most of the world’s food, smallholder farmers tend to be food insecure themselves: globally, they form the majority of people living in poverty. Helping raise their incomes and improve their livelihoods holds the key to building sustainable food systems, advancing food security and achieving Zero Hunger. The World Food Programme (WFP) is well placed...

The importance of sustainable water management

The world needs to produce an estimated 60 percent more food by 2050 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps in the value chain....

IMPROVED SORGHUM VARIETIES ARE FINDING NEW CHAMPIONS IN BURKINA FASO

The Provincial Union of Agricultural Professionals Bemba Nayala supported by the HOPE II project, recently won a contract to supply 200 tons of sorghum to the World Food Program (WFP). This was made possible due to the activities of the Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE II) for Sorghum and Millets in sub-Saharan Africa project,...

TAKING LEGUMES FROM SCIENCE OF DISCOVERY TO SCIENCE OF DELIVERY

The journey from Project Tropical Legumes to Project AVISA “It’s not the end, it’s a new beginning.” Developing genetic resources for legume crops, innovative and sustainable seed platforms, strengthening national agricultural research systems’ (NARS) breeding programs, releasing over 307 improved varieties of focus legume crops and training 52 young scientists to be the torchbearers of...

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