Covid19

Africa is facing a food crisis due to covid-19. These seeds could help prevent it

Download article as PDF Seed demand is expected to outstrip supply by nearly twice in the coming seasons, based on expert opinions from seven African countries compiled by the AVISA research project. Sub-Saharan Africa is facing one of its biggest farming crises in living memory. COVID-19 is dealing a blow to farmers already struggling with floods,...

Demand For Indigenous Vegetables Soar As Residents Grapple With Covid- 19 Economic Shocks

Download article as PDF 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...

Government and research bodies expand seeds support to over 10,000 Nigerian smallholders to shield agriculture from Covid-19

Download article as PDF 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...

A strategic guide: working towards food security in the drylands, through covid-19 and beyond

Download article as PDF ICRISAT is well positioned to significantly contribute to efforts towards restoring food security in the drylands, while combating the COVID-19 pandemic-related impacts and beyond. Here is a quick guide outlining ways in which we can collaborate with our partners and influence positive outcomes for smallholder farmers. Background The COVID-19 pandemic has...

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

Download article as PDF 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...

Lessons from a pandemic to repurpose india’s agricultural policy

Download article as PDF As the coronavirus crisis triggers a large-scale exodus of migrant agricultural workers from India’s food basket, it’s time the country diversified beyond labor- and water-intensive crops, say Dr Arabinda K Padhee and Prof Prabhu Pingali. Television footages of hundreds of migrant laborers walking for thousands of kilometres amidst India’s country-wide lockdown shook the...

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...

Successful partnership with odisha government for effective agri strategy in times of covid-19

Download article as PDF Working closely with the Government of Odisha, ICRISAT has helped develop a mitigation strategy for agriculture for COVID-19-related challenges. It involves safeguarding harvest-ready crops, arranging for distribution of perishables and preparing for the next crop season. Read more in this article, originally published in The Pioneer. COVID-19 could not have caught India...

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...

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