AVISA

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

Download article as PDF 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...

Nigeria seeds new hope for vulnerable smallholders

Download article as PDF 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...

Gender Implications for EAS during COVID-19

Download article as PDF The social impacts of COVID-19 have important implications to food security and, like many other social and environmental calamities, are not gender or spatially neutral. In many regions across the world, deep-rooted gender norms that devalue women’s unpaid domestic labor burdens also marginalize the health, nutrition, and decision-making power of women and girls. In 2017, FAO reported that...

Stronger local food value chains can leave eastern and southern Africa more resilient post covid-19

Download article as PDF COVID-19 has seized the drylands of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), home to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Mitigation efforts by governments in the region are starting to have significant adverse impacts on local food value chains. Lockdowns are in place in Zimbabwe, Uganda and partially in Kenya. In...

Healthy farmers and business alternatives

Download article as PDF Indonesia is taking numerous steps to tackle the coronavirus. Our local employees are helping with a farmer health awareness campaign. They are also working closely with our recently created agriservice centers.   “COVID-19 has a strong grip on the Asia-Pacific region”, says Teddy Tambu, our Country Director for Indonesia. “Governments are...

Farmers’ Hubs help Kenyan farmers adapt to the pandemic

Download article as PDF Our teams across Africa and Asia are providing practical help to farmers during the pandemic. For Agriservices colleagues in Kenya, sensitization, aggregation, and extension are all part of the response. Our young network of Farmers’ Hubs plays a key role. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting agricultural value chains worldwide and thus...

Managing aflatoxins in groundnuts

Download article as PDF In Summary To avoid aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts farmers and processors are urged to follow good practices both at farm management and during post-harvest handling, writes Lominda Afedraru. Aflatoxins are substances which are not visible and so it is not easy to convince consumers about its existence in food. Most farmers,...

Dr. Abhishek Rathore AVISA’s PO champion gives his expectations for the 2nd year

Download article as PDF Dr. Abhishek Rathore – Principal Scientist – ICRISAT India and AVISA’s PO champion explains during the project annual planning meeting at Kampala in 2019 that for the 2nd year of the project, “we will take AVISA at the next level of analytics. We will train partners and discuss with them about...

Dr. Esther Njuguna Social Scientist gives us her expectations on the year 2 of AVISA implementation

Download article as PDF Dr. Esther Njuguna –ICRISAT ‘s East and Southern Africa (ESA) region Gender Scientist, gives us her expectations on the year 2 of AVISA Project implementation in ESA countries. “I realize that we all encounter such an amazing partnership opportunity through meetings like the AVISA annual planning meeting. My partners are not only the NARS,...

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