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Gross Margin Analysis – A tool for better farm management

A training session for farmers in Niger. In order to guide farmers in Niger to make better informed decisions about their farming activities, a training on Gross Margin Analysis was organized to empower them with necessary skills to determine their farms’...

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Research Fellow – CRP-GLDC Capacity Development Data

The International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) invites applications for a twelve-month research fellowship for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals...

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Rapid, Low-Cost Aflatoxin detection using AI

Aflatoxin is carcinogenic mycotoxin that cripples the immune system. It is widely present in our food and is one of the major natural toxins that humans consume. Yet, there is no easy way to monitor & limit its occurrence in our supply chain. Current detection...

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Resilient rural women of the drylands

Special Feature: International Day of Rural Women – October 15 Long before COVID constraints crept in, ‘resilience’ was and is the operative word for agri-food systems research in the semi-arid tropics. And when the pandemic happened, all we did was factor it into...

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Realtime Rice-fallow Intensification System (rRIS)

Large tracts of arable land are left fallow due to the lack of real-time in-season and replanting site-specific information. This project aims to bridge that information gap to enable the utilization of fallow land for crop diversification, a key pillar of agriculture...

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DryArc – Time to Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together

World Food Day is an opportunity to reflect on how we can join forces to support vulnerable communities who struggle to put food on their table every day. DryArc, a CGIAR initiative targeting water-scarce regions, embraces the new ways of thinking, digitization of...

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Cameroon’s “Bean Sharer”

After learning about the benefits of improved bean varieties, one woman has singlehandedly taken up the challenge of distributing beans across her community. Magdalene Atungsiri is a farmer and retired research technician with Cameroon’s Agricultural Research...

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On a mission to nurture hunger-free drylands

The 95th Governing Board meeting, held virtually, affirmed ICRISAT’s commitment to a hunger-free world and its readiness in transitioning to the One CGIAR and operating efficiently despite COVID constraints. The ICRISAT Strategy 2021-25 that was approved by the Board,...

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ICARDA Gets Quality Legume Seeds to Lebanon

As part of the ICARDA/LARI joint capacity development project funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), ICARDA provided the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) with 722 Kg of quality legume seeds. This activity was encouraged by...

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Why We Save Seeds in Uganda

Saving seeds, safeguarding agro-biodiversity Seed remains the most vital input in food production and consequently, access to seeds is crucial in ensuring farmers’ food security and livelihoods. Farmers in Africa have engaged in seed saving practices for millennia...

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Striding towards streamlined crop improvement programs

To better accomplish its mission by providing improved crop varieties to smallholder farmers, ICRISAT is overhauling its breeding program with regional crop improvement hubs, improved inventory processes, new facilities and capacity building to make them more rapid,...

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Double harvest for half the effort

Peter Mwangofi is a pigeonpea farmer from Karonga district in Malawi. He relies on the crop for both food and income. Over the past few years, Mwangofi has seen a decline in pigeonpea produce, mainly due to land pressure, as he now has a smaller landholding than he...

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Legumes grow money: Success script of seed systems in Malawi

An estimated US$ 40 million per annum, up from US$ 17 million in 2009, was infused into Malawi’s economy during Phase-I from legume export states a 2016 impact report of the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project. Project investments on increased adoption of...

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Engaging Kenyan youth in bean business to boost income

For Ms. Grace Wambui getting into agriculture did not come as her first option. A chance encounter got her here. After school, she started a small business selling motorbikes spare parts and operated a mobile money kiosk at the growing Kiambogo Shopping centre in...

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Adding value to smallholder farming in Malawi

Smallholder farmers in Malawi, with support from a seed development project and government initiatives, have successfully set up a groundnut oil producing enterprise, thereby boosting incomes and opening up market opportunities. They formed a cooperative of 118...

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Enabling Niger farmers to turn seed producers

An intensive training workshop for aspiring seed producers in Niger equipped them with necessary knowhow and techniques to scientifically produce groundnut, cowpea, pearl millet and sorghum seeds in Zinder region. A formal partnership with a seed company was also...

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Better dietary options for healthier children

In rural Malawi, over 16,000 people, including young children, have benefited from 'Care Groups' that train people to prepare nutritious meals using local produce. A 2018 integrated survey by the National Statistical Office of Malawi listed Dedza district among those...

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Malian farmer sets an example as a successful seed producer

Farmer field schools in Mali are not only training local farmers in best practices for optimum crop yields, they’re also providing improved variety seeds to them, encouraging them to become seed producers themselves.  Africa RISING’s large-scale Diffusion of...

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New chickpea varieties on the way

Three new improved varieties of chickpea – adapted to local conditions – have been identified for release in Malawi, following farmer participatory research, by the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project (MSIDP). Chickpea is an important cash crop grown mostly in...

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New highly productive sorghum varieties released

Three improved sorghum varieties with a yield potential of approximately 4 tons per hectare and tolerant to grey leaf spot, rust and other common diseases were released in Malawi early this year. These new varieties replace two varieties released in 1993, and have...

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We have talented farmers!

Innovator, champion and change leader Oumar Koné is not only a seed producer and a farmer, he is an innovator. When Koné joined USAID’s Feed the Future-funded Farmers’ Field School he put all his energy and ability into learning. Very focused and detail-oriented, Koné...

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Secret to on-off fertility discovered in pigeonpea

New study reveals how in some lines male sterility can be reversed to produce hybrids faster and cheaper Researchers have identified how temperature controls male fertility in some lines of pigeonpea and have unraveled the phenomenon’s molecular mechanism in a...

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Does the smallholder farmer have access to quality inputs?

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...

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Post-Covid agri reforms: Odisha could be frontrunner

Many reforms in the Indian agricultural sector were long due for want of enabling rules in States or differences between State and Central  Governments. Covid-19, it appears, is ironing out those creases, paving the way for major reforms. As the pandemic hit during...

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Reviving the farm economy

The return of migrant workers to their villages offers an opportunity to give agribusiness a leg-up. For the first time in years, amidst the Covid-19 crisis, the general population in India seem to have become increasingly aware of the importance of the migrant...

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Nurturing innovation by protecting its architects

ICARDA has long committed to Open Data & Open Access of research by applying approaches that maximize access to science and innovation that work towards a greener future. Open access offers several benefits such as improving access to research, increasing...

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Covid-19 and food security | India and its jobs crisis

India is the country with the highest economic growth rate, albeit at a cost of growing unemployment, underemployment and job insecurity. With the arrival of the SARS-Cov2 coronavirus, the country faces not just a health crisis but also a social one, highlighted by...

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West Africa is threatened by a desert locust invasion

East Africa is continuing to be invaded by desert locusts. A group of researchers from CIRAD recently conducted several simulations to assess the risk of locusts spreading to Chad. In four out of five cases, swarms were predicted to arrive in Chad by mid-June 2020,...

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Containing COVID19 impacts on Indian Agriculture

The ongoing health crisis around COVID19 has affected all walks of life. Protecting lives of people suffering from the disease as well as frontline health responders have been the priority of nations. Governments have swung into actions since the Corona virus attack...

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Vouchers instead of food

COVID-19: How citizen-led social protection could help to cushion food systems in informal settlements. One week ago, private food deliveries by Kenyan citizens were pouring into informal settlements in Nairobi, where 60-70% of residents live. These donations were...

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Biocontrol reduces Maruca pod borer population by 85%

Scientists based at CGIAR-IITA’s climate change station in Benin are happy with the results of the just-concluded experimental release of wasps. These wasps, which are natural enemies of the Maruca pod borer, were released two years ago to go after the destructive...

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First Lady of Niger leads millet movement

Niger recently celebrated the second annual International Millet Festival (FESTIMIL), aimed at enhancing the production, processing and consumption of millets, so as to create wellbeing and better dietary diversity. The festival is led by the First Lady, Dr Lalla...

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IITA launches IYPH website

By now, we know that 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Throughout the year, partners and stakeholders in agriculture shall increase awareness among the public and policymakers on the importance of healthy plants and the necessity to protect them...

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COVID-19-measures, daily laborers and their nutrition

Containing COVID-19 is indispensable. But without social safety nets, the effects on daily laborer in Africa could be disastrous. Drive along any major road connecting an African city with the hinterland early in the morning before sunrise. Each city has its distinct...

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Barren shelves: COVID-19 and panic buying of food

People rush to supermarkets and buy what they can carry. Comprehensible, but unnecessary. To cut a long story short: COVID-19 has not affected the food availability in countries. Yet, when Ryan Buckley who prepares for field research with us at ICRISAT reaches his...

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Brokering research crucial for climate-proofing drylands

Of the 12 interventions identified for agriculture by the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) in its September report, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience’, research and development has a role to play in nine interventions. That is just...

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Open data to boost Groundnut breeding initiatives

Groundnut is among the key grain legumes playing a vital role in enhancing human nutrition and farm biophysical features. Groundnut provides opportunities for smallholder and women farmers and boosts economies at the household and macro levels. However, agricultural...

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When science and industry synergize to develop better crops

Setting priorities for research in hybrid pearl millet, sorghum and pigeonpea in India Over 70 participants from 40 public and private sector institutions recently discussed and selected the highest research priorities to develop hybrid parents and hybrids of sorghum,...

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Cowpea receives more research support

Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), also known as black eyed pea or niebé, is a legume crop grown by peasant farmers in the dry savannah areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Because of the high protein content in its grains, cowpea is commonly regarded as poor man’s meat. This hardy...

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African farmers helping to grow quality seed for ‘neglected’ crops

Though Uganda has some of the lowest agricultural productivity in the world, efforts to bring smallholder farmer groups into the seed production process are helping to reverse that dismal standing. In the process, some farming regions have been transformed from hungry, poverty-stricken outposts to vibrant communities.

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Sorghum goes pop: Success stories from a Nigerian initiative

Have you heard of ‘pop’ sorghum or ‘diet’ sorghum flour?  If you haven’t, you are missing updates on an ancient grain that is gaining popularity in Nigerian markets and in nearby regions as well. Industries with guidance from researchers have picked up suitable...

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Dynamic modelling to help improve farm output

ICRISAT and ICAR scientists developing System Dynamics Modelling for Indian agriculture Can policy makers ‘see’ the outcomes of their decisions even before implementing them? Researchers at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and...

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Pre-breeding efforts for better traits in pigeonpea

Annual Review Meeting of GCDT-ICRISAT collaborative research project and participation in Pigeonpea Field Day With a view to using new and diverse sources of genetic variations in pigeonpea, the Pre-breeding Theme at ICRISAT is leading the drive to use wild Cajanus...

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Short and mid-early pigeonpea varieties steal the show

Pigeonpea Network Group (Asia) Workshop-cum-Field Day 2019 Pigeonpea researchers from across Asia hailed a short and mid-early variety of pigeonpea that is also high-yielding and disease-resistant, at a recent brainstorming session to benchmark region-specific...

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Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

A great deal of research on agriculture in Africa is organised around the premise that intensification can take smallholder farmers out of poverty. The emphasis in programming often focuses on technologies that increase farm productivity and management practices that...

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Workshop on gene editing held at ICRISAT

Twenty crop scientists from Asia and Africa were trained for two weeks at ICRISAT on gene-editing tools, including the increasingly popular CRISPR/Cas technology. From trait selection to validation of edited plants, specific sessions were conducted on designing...

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African Plant Breeders Association launched in Ghana

The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) was launched recently to bring together plant breeders from several African nations to work towards achieving food security in Africa through breeding. Dr Sagri Bambangi, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in Ghana,...

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Putting new-age agronomy to test in Indian farms

A group of farmers in India’s Telangana state is breaking new ground in their farms with recently learnt scientific agronomic practices to improve crop productivity. The group of 36, from five villages in Warangal Rural district,

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Consolidated efforts to modernize crop improvement in Ghana

A Regional Coordinated Trial (RCT) is helping Cowpea Improvement Program in Ghana, thanks to Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) and Bayer projects in West Africa. The regional trials involve genetic materials...

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Sorghum flour with high shelf life hits Nigerian markets

In a first-of-its-kind enterprise in Nigeria, a large-scale flour mill has come up with processed sorghum flour with a shelf life as high as 6 months. Typically, sorghum flour has a short shelf life of less than 3 months. This innovative product is opening new...

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Launch of CRP-GLDC Newsletter “Gender Research in the Drylands”

On Rural Women’s Day, 15 October 2019, CRP-GLDC launches its newsletter “Gender Research in the Drylands”, celebrating the indomitable spirit, resilience and conviction of smallholder rural women. Its rich content delves into the dynamics that goes into empowering rural women.and how access and intersectionality enable that, together with capacity building.

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Forage sorghum hybrid hailed as a landmark cultivar in India

A new sorghum hybrid developed using ICRISAT breeding material was recently given special recognition as the Outstanding Forage Hybrid 2019 for revolutionizing forage sorghum production in India. This is significant considering that currently, India – the world’s...

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Seeding entrepreneurship in groundnut farmers of south India

ICRISAT and PJTSAU partner to set up Seed Business Ventures in Telangana Groundnut cultivation in Telangana, India, could soon make gigantic leaps of improvement as a recently-launched entrepreneurship initiative is set to amplify the reach of enhanced seed varieties....

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Farmers in Tanzania urged to embrace drought tolerant crops

Against the backdrop of changing climatic conditions in Africa, scientists, administrators and seed enterprises have urged the farming community in Tanzania to adopt hardy crops like sorghum. “Farmers, mainly those in low rainfall areas, can embrace sorghum which is...

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Hands-on training program on aflatoxin detection

To check for aflatoxin contamination in their products, groundnut value chain stakeholders in Bangladesh attended a hands-on training program. Participants learnt to use the ELISA kit and were informed of the dangers of aflatoxin contamination. Forty participants...

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