Scaling N2Africa products through Private-Public Partnerships

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Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa(N2Africa) is a project that is working to expand the farm area planted to grain legumes (common bean, cowpea, groundnut, chickpea, faba bean, and soybean) and enhance their yields to improve smallholder farmers’ incomes and food and nutrition security. At the end of Phase 1 (2010 to 2013) the project had … Read More

DeMISSTifying the soybean seed system in Malawi

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In Malawi, soybean is the lifeblood of thousands of smallholder farmers. It offers them a myriad opportunities: a readily available market, attractive farm-gate prices, and the potential to improve their nutritional security. However, current production levels are low, averaging less than 1 t/ha. There is minimal adoption of improved varieties and agronomic practices because these farmers, in particular, have limited … Read More

RISING out of poverty in Tanzania

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The USAID-funded and IITA-led program Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) is creating opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children. This research-for-development project is currently being implemented in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, and … Read More

Of grains and gains: Realizing the potential of soybean in Mozambique

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There is a lot going for soybean (or ‘soya’) in Mozambique. Although a relative newcomer to the country, the crop offers vast income opportunities for smallholder farmers particularly those in the high rainfall areas such as Zambezia, Lichinga, Nampula, Manica, and Tete provinces. Production and prices are improving. Back in 2004, soya production was estimated at 770-880 t with an … Read More

Building stronger cocoa farmer groups through ICT

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  Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L)—the main ingredient of that delectable global favorite chocolate—has been the backbone of the economies of the four West Africa countries, Côte D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria, which together account for about 70% of the world’s total cocoa production. This top production position comes at a steep environmental price to these countries as the main mode … Read More

Benefits and impact of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Nigeria

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The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project was initiated with the aim of developing drought-tolerant maize varieties (DTMVs) with a potential yield of 1 t/ha under moderate drought conditions, increasing productivity under farmers’ conditions by 20-30%, and producing grain with an annual average value of $160-200 million in drought-affected areas. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda … Read More