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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Farm Concern International have launched a 3-year program to help 30,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania increase cassava for food and industrial use by processing it at the village level, this press release reports. The "Cassava...
Ministers of agriculture from the “Group of 20” or “G20” countries hold their first-ever official meeting this week in Paris on June 22 and 23. The ministers have been tasked with developing an action plan to address price volatility in food and agricultural markets and its impact on the poor. This...
In this article, Bing Zhao, the director and global coordinator of Purchase for Progress (P4P) at the World Food Program, writes about some of the challenges faced by the P4P program, which aims to help smallholder farmers cope with changes that are disrupting and realigning their livelihoods. P4P works...
In this opinion piece, Achim Dobermann, the deputy director general for research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) writes that in the context of the United Nations General Assembly developing a set of new Sustainable Development Goals, “One thing is clear: agriculture will play a central...
A new US$8.9 million program funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) aims to promote sustainable soil management and improve access to markets and agro-dealers in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and...
A new collaboration between public and private organizations, called Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS), will create and share new maize varieties that use fertilizer more efficiently and that help smallholder farmers get higher yields, even where soils are poor and little commercial fertilizer...
This series of eight research briefs from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) discusses the potential for adoption of banana and maize biotechnologies in East Africa, relying in part on farmer surveys from Uganda and Kenya. The briefs argue that genetic modification is an "attractive...
This paper contends that genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs) offer "potentially large" economic, social, and environmental benefits for "farmers of all sizes and economic conditions." The authors say that intellectual property protections, such as those provided by GURTs,...
This paper contends that genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs) offer "potentially large" economic, social, and environmental benefits for "farmers of all sizes and economic conditions." The authors say that intellectual property protections, such as those provided by GURTs,...
The West Africa Agricultural Investment Fund ("WAAIF") and the West-Africa-based Injaro Investments Limited ("Injaro") have announced the first closing of the first ever West African fund focused on investing in indigenous seed companies. The initial investors in the fund are the...