A farmers in his cassava farm. Photo by IITA

New project to develop cassava seed businesses will enhance quality seed access, increase productivity and generate income in Nigeria

Nov 23, 2015 Holly Holmes

We are pleased and proud to announce the signing of a new project entitled ‘Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria’ with $USD11.6 million funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The four year project aims to sustainably improve farmers’ access to high quality and affordable cassava planting materials through […]

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Enabling gender equality in agricultural and environmental innovation

Nov 18, 2015 Holly Holmes

Through the global study ‘GENNOVATE: Enabling gender equality in agricultural and environmental innovation’, roughly 6,000 rural study participants of different ages and socio-economic backgrounds are reflecting on and comparing local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms— and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt and benefit […]

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Photo by N.Palmer/CIAT

Roots, tubers and banana plants: Next-generation pig feeds for Uganda

Nov 9, 2015 Holly Holmes

The demand for animal source foods in Uganda is rising as the country’s population continues to grow alongside improved income and urbanization. Pork in particular has become an increasingly important food in the diets of Ugandans, reflected in the significant growth in consumption rates from the 1960s, when it accounted for only 1-2% of the […]

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A farmer with his freshly harvested potatoes. Photo by N.Palmer/CIAT

Certified seed not the ‘silver bullet’ for potato disease in developing countries

Nov 2, 2015 Holly Holmes

Potato is the third most important food crop globally and over half of all production occurs in developing countries. However, the use of poor quality potato seed in these regions is significantly reducing yields and impacting the livelihoods of small-scale potato farmers and their families. ‘Potato seed’, or sprouted potato tubers that can be replanted, […]

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MPODA Members pose in front of a newly completed Ambient Ware Potato Store in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. Photo by S.Quinn/CIP

New potato storage facilities help Ugandan farmers increase incomes

Oct 27, 2015 Holly Holmes

Potato is a critical source of income and food security in Uganda. However due to constraints, including the high perishability of the crop and limited storage facilities, farmers are faced with a short marketing window that impacts their income. This is particularly important in Eastern Uganda where there are two potato cropping seasons that result […]

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“Orphan Crops”: What They Are, Why They Matter and What’s Being Done

Nov 5, 2015 Holly Holmes

Ever wake up craving some finger millet, or sit down in front of a movie with some nice groundnut? Probably not. Finger millet and groundnut, along with tef, yam, cassava, and others, are part of a class of crops that’s often called “orphan crops” because they tend to receive less attention. Orphan crops may not […]

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Farmers trained in silage production

Oct 7, 2015 Holly Holmes

Some 28 agriculture officials and farmers have been trained in silage production for pigs at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo, Uganda, containing sweetpotato vines and unwanted roots. The training, sweetpotato production, management and utilization workshop for training of trainers was organised by the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). […]

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The potential of cassava in the “new” economy of Nigeria

Jul 1, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets. Investments in agriculture look promising. Many local industries depend heavily on cassava and Nigeria is the biggest cassava grower in the world. However, cassava yields are comparatively low. The Economist, in a recent special article […]

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