Farmers

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,...

Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers: Digital Innovations for Scale

Download article as PDF 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...

Data & Insights: How to Know What Farmers Grow & Strengthen Seed Systems

Download article as PDF 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...

Does the smallholder farmer have access to quality inputs?

Download article as PDF With the onset of kharif (monsoon) in the southern states of India, the majority of farmers have started procurement of inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Amidst COVID-19 induced disruptions in input production and distribution, the state governments are making efforts to ensure timely distribution of inputs to farmers. Based...

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...

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

Download article as PDF 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...

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...

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