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Legumes beckon, children of soil return to roots in Africa

It was a gamble that 30-year-old Fuseini Zaanyeya realizes was worth taking. For, quality healthcare and primary education are well within reach since he returned to agriculture under the third phase of Tropical Legumes Project. TL III aims to boost legume production...

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Nigerian Agriculture Minister endorses groundnut thresher

A motorized groundnut thresher is reducing drudgery for women farmers in rural Nigeria. Introduced in 2015, over 50 threshers have already been distributed to farmer groups and cooperatives. Recently at the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) fair, Chief Audu...

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Focus on partnerships and innovation at CRP GLDC meetings

A renewed focus on innovation and establishing new partnerships was high on the agenda at the recent joint meeting of the Research Management Committee (RMC) and the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Drylands...

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Flagship Program 3 reviews progress, strategizes for 2019

Creating complementarities and synergies and harmonizing approaches were the key takeaways from the meeting of the GLDC’s Flagship Program 3 on Integrated farm and household management held in Nairobi, Kenya on 1-2 October. Sixteen scientists from IITA, SLU,...

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3 sorghum varieties released in Nigeria

Nigeria’s National Committee on Variety Naming, Registration and Release on 26 July 2018, approved the registration and release of two medium-maturing sorghum varieties, SAMSORG 47 as ZAUNA-INUWA, SAMSORG 48 as KAURA BORNU, and an early medium-maturing variety,...

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Increasing Youth Engagement in Feed the Future

A key goal of Feed the Future is to increase youth empowerment and livelihoods, because supporting and empowering youth can help to sustainably reduce global hunger, malnutrition and poverty. With one third of the total population — about 2.3 billion people —between...

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A thriving community of women seed producers

By Agathe Diama, Head-Regional Information – WCA, West & Central Africa Program It started with just three women farmers who were part of a pilot from Pagou village, Burkina Faso, who were trained on improved groundnut seed production in 2015. The three women...

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Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains

The report — Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains — summarizes the findings of a systematic analysis of what countries at the forefront of progress in mechanization have done right. It analyzes which policy decisions were taken and which...

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Navigating the New Feed the Future Indicators

Feed the Future (FTF) recently underwent a shift to its second phase of implementation, guided by the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) developed following the Global Food Security Act of 2016. With the change has come a revised common results framework and a host...

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Diversifying Agro-Ecosystems to Suppress Crop Pests

This post was written by Wei Zhang. Insect pests are a major cause of crop yield losses around the world and an important cause of food insecurity in developing countries. The development of effective policies to support more sustainable pest management requires a...

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Building Resilience Through Better Policies

Farmers, consumers, communities and countries face several types of shocks that can negatively affect their wellbeing and growth trajectories. These include stresses caused by weather fluctuations, natural resources depletion, pest and disease outbreaks, disasters,...

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Taming the Wild Pigeonpea

In a room filled with men, the voice of the lone woman at the head table commanded respect. Dr. Shivali Sharma captivated the room as she excitedly presented evaluation results and shared her passion for pigeonpea pre-breeding.

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