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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...

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...

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