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Kigoma Regional Commissioner applauds SARD-SC project for improved cassava productivity

The newly appointed executives of Tanzanian Kigoma region, Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga and Charles Pallangyo, visited one of the SARD-SC project sites in the Kibondo. About 105 officials from five districts of Kigoma Region were on the entourage of the executives who visited the Kibondo Big Power Group—a cassava farmers and processors’ group involved in…

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Maize value chain holds gender mainstreaming workshop for partners in Nigeria

A three-day workshop on gender mainstreaming in the SARD-SC maize value chain was conducted at the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project (KADP) Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria, during the last quarter of 2016 with key stakeholders in attendance. The workshop aimed to enhance gender-sensitive technology development and dissemination to boost productivity and income of a broad segment of targeted…

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Installation of GEM rice parboiling technology improves local rice production and business in the Lafia IP

The SARD-SC rice commodity value chain, executed by AfricaRice, in collaboration with National Cereals Research Institute, has installed energy efficient GEM rice parboiling technologies and innovations in the Lafia Innovation Platform, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. In addition, a total of 1,215 rice parboilers, including 915 women and 300 men, were trained on processing and value addition…

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Smart farming of cassava with focus on integrated soil fertility management increases yield by 60% in Tanzania

Preliminary results from an ongoing study by IITA in Tanzania have shown an increase of nearly 60% in cassava yield which translates to a 30% increase in income for farmers. The study “Integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) for productive and sustainable cassava production systems in Tanzania” is being conducted in the major cassava-growing areas of…

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SARD-SC side event highlights contributions to food and nutrition security

In consonance with the theme of this year’s FARA event, Apply Science, Impact livelihoods, the SARD-SC project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a side event on the topic, SARD-SC contributing to food and nutrition security in Africa. The purpose of the side event was to highlight the achievements of the project in…

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CGIAR/IITA and SARD-SC project showcases innovations and commodity value chain products

IITA and the SARD-SC project participated in the exhibition of agricultural goods and services during the recently held Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA General Assembly, held in Kigali, Rwanda. Project posters detailing commodity value chain achievements of rice, cassava, maize, and wheat were on display at the booth. The rice value chain commodity…

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SARD-SC maize lauded at planning workshop for refining IP system for enhancing productivity

Over 50 stakeholders, including national partners, researchers, farmers, Innovation platform representatives. IITA maize team, members of maize associations, and SARD-SC project maize country coordinators met in early April in Accra, Ghana, for the planning meeting and workshop of the maize component of the project The workshop deliberated and developed work plans for the year and…

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SARD-SC PSC meeting values project for its science and as a potential to be part of TAAT

The SARD-SC Project Steering Committee members met in IITA, Ibadan, recently to review progress of the project implementation and advise on changes on strategic orientation. In attendance at the meeting were the Project Coordinator, Commodity Specialists, and a representative of IFPRI. The 11-member PSC meeting—chaired by Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA—took place 30-31…

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International and national partners convene to discuss AfDB’s initiative to transform African agriculture

More than 200 research and development partners and experts will meet at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, in a three-day workshop to discuss a new initiative known as “Africa Feeding Africa”, or the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program. The TAAT program is a critical strategy for transforming agriculture on the continent that would ensure that…

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SARD-SC PMU retreat held amid applause for laudable achievements

The SARD-SC Project Management unit held the 2016 annual retreat recently in Abuja, with staff of all the implementing centers―ICARDA, AfricaRice, IITA, and IFPRI―in attendance. The retreat assessed what was done in the previous year and planned ahead for the new year. Project Coordinator Chrys Akem said the meeting was a critical one because the…

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