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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...

New partnership inked with AGRA to boost improved technology uptake in Africa’s agriculture

ICRISAT-led AVISA project is partnering with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to enhance uptake of modern technologies, including improved crop varieties.  The new partnership will utilize AGRA’s extensive networks to bridge gaps in market access to early maturing and high nutrition varieties, and is also expected to alleviate the effect of...

Nigeria seeds new hope for vulnerable smallholders

At the best of times, smallholders face numerous challenges. COVID-19 has added hugely to the burden. Our Foundation is helping farmers win through*. In Nigeria, the focus is on seed. To raise yields and succeed, smallholders need better seed. That’s a key thought behind the AVISA initiative – Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes...

What African farmers and processors say about the covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns

Farmers and other key stakeholders in Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal speak up about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting them and what their concerns are as they approach the 2020-2021 cropping season. Digital extension and advisory services, online payments and fund transfers, and virtual learning platforms were among the key needs...

New multipurpose sorghum variety captures attention in Burkina Faso

A new variety of sorghum that delivers high yields of grain and stover is gaining popularity in Burkina Faso, a region where livestock feed remains a challenge. The ICRISAT-developed variety, Soubatimi, can be grown in the rainy and post-rainy seasons, benefiting farmers and livestock owners alike. Mr Leon Badiara, from the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries...

Pulse champions and smart seed innovations boost farmers’ incomes and resilience

Cowpea and groundnut are considered ‘golden grains’ for many women farmers in West Africa, as they make decent money processing these pulse grains into oil or popular snacks, while the leaves are good fodder for their animals. Yet legume cultivation has been limited because of farmers’ poor access to good seeds and market opportunities. Small...

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