Child malnutrition in northern Ghana: evidence, factors, and recommendations from a new study

According to this survey report, child malnutrition remains a challenge in northern Ghana. The report which was part of a baseline conducted by Africa RISING in five districts in Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of Ghana also indicates that wasting in some of the districts was above the normal 15.0% level recommended by…

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Integrated fertilizer policy guide for maize–legume cropping systems in Malawi

Experience has clearly demonstrated that greater sustained use of mineral fertilizers in Malawi is key to raising productivity and sustainability of smallholder maize-legume systems. Provision of subsidized fertilizer under the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) was estimated to have raised maize production in Malawi by around 500,000 tons of grain each year during the…

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No small change: vegetable farmer cashes in on new varieties introduced by project in Tanzania

I produce vegetables because this is ready cash for me and my family,” says a beaming Hassan Saidi; one of the beneficiary farmers in the activities under the IITA led Africa RISING-NAFAKA and TUBORESHE CHAKULA project for fast tracking delivery and scaling of agricultural technologies in Tanzania. Hassan is 20 years old and lives in…

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INFOGRAPHIC: different strokes for different folks

New Africa RISING infographic explains targeting of sustainable intensification technologies to different farm typologies in central Malawi Smallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa  are distinctly diverse within and across communities. Therefore, technological interventions to address the problem of poor productivity of smallholder agricultural systems must be designed to target socially diverse and spatially…

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INFOGRAPHIC: how does a farm family in Malawi produce more from their farm?

A comparison of sustainable intensification vs typical farmer practice in central Malawi The aim of Africa RISING is to provide pathways out of hunger and poverty for smallholder families through sustainably intensified farming systems that sufficiently improve food, nutrition, and income security. Sustainable intensification (SI) does not mean business-as-usual food production and marginal improvements in…

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YIIFSWA facilitates a second farmer exchange visit to Illushi seed yam market

The foremost constraint of yam farmers is the unavailability and affordability of quality seed tubers. To promote seed yam production and commercialization in Ghana and Nigeria, the Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project facilitated its second farmer exchange visit to illushi seed yam market in Edo state on 14…

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IITA-Kalambo hosts French delegation in DRC

Last 29 March, a 3-person delegation from the French Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Rector of the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB) visited the IITA Kalambo Station, South Kivu Province, DRC. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize themselves with the research-for-development activities of IITA in South Kivu as…

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Group photo with DG Sanginga, IITA staff, and youth representatives from various countries attending the ENABLE Youth Design Workshop in Abuja.

IITA DG: Move from jobless youths to agribusiness leaders

IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga assured young people that the idea behind the soon-to-be launched ENABLE Youth Program is to move young graduates from joblessness to affluence. He made this known in Abuja while welcoming young people from over 20 African countries that had come to participate in the ENABLE Youth Design Workshop. “We do…

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Science Forum 2016 looks at R4D priorities of CGIAR centers

The agricultural research-for-development priorities of CGIAR centers received attention during a panel discussion held on the last morning of a three-day (12–14 April) Science Forum organized by the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnerships Council (ISPC) in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. Addressing the question: What exactly is needed to fulfil on CGIAR’s mission to reduce poverty, hunger and…

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Solid participation of IITA at GCARD3

IITA had a strong presence at the recently concluded third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), which took place in Johannesburg (South Africa), 5-8 April. The event was a global multi-stakeholder consultative dialogue with over 500 delegates from 83 different countries, which included representatives from development agencies, governments, civil society, and scientists, among…

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