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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...

Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others.  “We face a grand challenge in terms of feeding the...

Healthier and prosperous Africa: ‘Avisa’ project launched for faster agriculture gains in seven countries

Greater yields, higher incomes and improved livelihoods – these will be the results farmers in seven countries across Africa could get with the launch of the Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project. Focusing on five crops – groundnut, common bean, cowpea, sorghum and millet, AVISA aims to...

Towards better impact for the Avisa project – partners meet to chart pan-African communication activities

Three days of intense brainstorming helped chart out the communication activities for the AVISA project, that works across seven African countries.  Launched in Feb 2019, the AVISA project funded by the Gates Foundation, works on the broad agenda of modernizing breeding and increasing incomes for smallholder farmers in Africa for six crops. Held in Nairobi during May...

You’ve probably never heard of CGIAR, but they are essential to feeding our future

What’s for dinner? It’s a question asked every day in homes around the world. No other organization has done as much to ensure families—especially the poorest—have an answer to that question as CGIAR, the world’s largest global agricultural research organization. More than 50 years ago, CGIAR’s research into high-yielding, disease-resistant rice and wheat launched the Green Revolution,...

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